Relations between Apple and Samsung has been frosty at best, but after Samsung was found to be guilty of infringing on Apple's patents, things seem to have taken a turn for the worse. It doesn't help that because of it, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over $1 billion in damages.
Despite the lawsuit, Apple has thus far been dependent on Samsung for the supply of its components. Current iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad have screens, processors and memory from Samsung.
In light of recent developments, however, Apple is beginning to wean itself off Samsung components, beginning first with memory chips. According to sources familiar with the highly-anticipated new iPhone which is slated to be announced this week, the first batch of these new iPhones will not use Samsung memory chips. Instead, Apple will turn to other memory chip makers such as Hynix, Toshiba and Elpida.
That said, Apple is likely to still depend on Samsung for its processor and displays, at least for the foreseeable future. However, if this is anything to go by, expect Apple to begin quickly looking for alternatives sooner rather than later.