Because various Apple products currently tout Samsung-developed parts, from memory chips to flat screen displays, some question what could happen with the supply contract deal among the two competitors. But yanking the deal could put Samsung at risk to lose billions of dollars for no longer contributing parts to build some of the most popular Apple products on the market, and Apple would be at risk for not keeping up with demand.SEE ALSO: Apple vs. Samsung Continued: Why This War is Far From Over
That said, despite the bad blood between the two companies — following $1 billion in damages for Samsung infringing upon features such as the double-tap zoom, pinch-to-zoom, overall design and iconography of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch — the supply contract will probably stay intact for now. According to a Morgan Stanley stat quoted to Reuters, Samsung’s component sales could jump to $13 billion in 2013 with a 8.8% increase in operating profit to $2.2 billion.
“Apple needs Samsung to make the iPhone and iPad. Period. Samsung is the sole supplier of Apple’s processing chips and without Samsung, they can’t make these products,” James Song, an analyst at KDB Daewoo Securities in Seoul, told Reuters. “Samsung might be considering lots of options to leverage its components business’ importance and pressure Apple, and Apple could be also well aware of this.”
Mashable looked through some teardowns of various Apple products on iFixIt.com to determine which items currently use Samsung parts. Not surprisingly, components of the latest iPad, iPhone 4S and iPod Touch all contain Samsung parts.
For a full look at which products contain Samsung-manufactured parts, check out the gallery above.
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