Apple is set to deal Samsung yet another blow by snubbing its displays for all future iOS devices. According to a new report from the Korea Economic Daily, the Cupertino company will purchase panels from Sharp, LG Display, Japan Display, and AU Optronics instead.
The publication has obtained a “request for quotation” (RFQ) document sent out by Apple to its main suppliers, which seeks prices for particular components ahead of a new product launch. And according to the Korean Economics Daily, Samsung wasn’t one of the suppliers included on it.
“As this document is usually sent five-ten months prior to a product’s launch (to give suppliers ample time to deliver the order), it’s the first step of the component purchase process and as such a credible hint of the upcoming changes in Apple’s manufacturing process,” the report reads.
Apple has slowly been moving away from Samsung components wherever it can after the legal battles between the two companies began to escalate last year. In August, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages after a jury ruled that Samsung had infringed its patents with its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.