Samsung: We’re Not Ending Shipments to Apple

Electronics giant Samsung, which usually can be found fighting patent suits with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), now is fending off something different — rumors about the duo’s operating relationship.

Reports surfaced Monday saying that Samsung, which supplies LCDs to Apple, would be tailing off the number of parts it supplies to Apple over the next year.

A representative for Samsung claims the story is false and says the Korean electronics firm has no plans to cut off Apple from Samsung’s products. The firm is the third-largest supplier of the parts to the tech giant, and an interruption would seriously damage Apple’s supply chain.

While there might not be a complete cut-off of supply, sources indicate Samsung is supplying fewer LCDs to Apple. A source told Korea Times that only 4.5 million units are expected to be delivered during the last six months of 2012, compared with 15 million in the first half.

Relations between the two firms has been shaky amid their lawsuit over Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone and attempts by both to get the other’s products banned in different countries.

It’s also thought that there’s more trouble to come if, as rumored, Samsung is not involved in the manufacture of the iPad Mini.

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