As pretty much every gadget enthusiast would let you know, Samsung and Apple have been at each other’s throats for years, despite the fact that both companies have continued to work together under various circumstances and on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, the “patent war” has been a long and costly one (especially to Samsung), as it’s been carried over for years.
Interestingly enough however, the latest reports from Korea now claim that Apple and Samsung could soon bury the hatchet for the sake of business and profit. More after the break.
Samsung and Apple to Make Peace for the Sake of Profit?
Accordingg to the Korean media, citing an “anonymous industry official”, both Apple and Samsung think it’s for the best to avoid spending time and resources on a large number of disputes. Instead, both tech giants are now looking to find a common ground and a more practical approach to the entire patent war that’s been going on for ages.
As such, Apple has reportedly decided to keep Samsung on its good side, in order to benefit from the Korean tech giant’s supply of hardware components. The source also said that the two firms have dropped all cross-appeals that have been filed last year with the US International Trade Commission. In 2013, the USITC has determined that Samsung infringed on two of Apple’s patents concerning a headset plug detection technology and a touchscreen interface feature.
The import ban against Samsung remains in effect, but given the fact that the banned handsets are no longer manufactured and that newer models are shipped with modified technology on board that avoids infringement on Apple’s patents, there’s virtually no urgent need to deal with the issue.
Interestingly enough, the same industry official has also claimed that the recently announced Samsung AMOLED tablets are “living” proof that Sammy has what it takes to deliver OLED displays on numerous segments, including wearables – a segment Apple is supposedly “greatly interested in”. Could this mean that Apple plans on releasing AMOLED-equipped wearable devices in the future? Perhaps, but as of yet there’s no way to be sure of this so we’ll keep our eyes peeled.
In the end it appears that, following Samsung’s growing influence in the mobile world, Apple might’ve decided to team up with the enemy. If you can’t beat then, join them, right?