Apple has reportedly further distanced itself from rival Samsung by switching its suppliers for iPad and MacBook batteries. The Cupertino company has been seemingly working to avoid Samsung’s components since the companies became embroiled in various legal battles all over the world.
Chinese Business News reports that Apple is now relying on batteries from Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery to power its iPads and MacBooks. The switch is the latest of a number of changes made to cut Samsung out of its supply chain, with the Cupertino company previously shunning its displays and flash memory.
One component Apple cannot avoid, however, is Samsung’s processors, which are used to power its hugely popular iOS devices. Samsung is the only supplier of Apple’s A4, A5, and A6 processors, so it’s infeasible for the company to shift its supply elsewhere. With that in mind, Samsung recently announced that it will be increasing the price Apple pays for its processors by 20% in 2013.
Samsung recently had to pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages when a jury found the Korean electronics giant guilty of patent infringement. However, this is just one of many legal battles involving the two companies.