Its subsidiary Samsung Electronics manufactures mobile devices which use the Android operating system, a competitor with Apple's iOS-based mobile product line. Samsung also produced electronic components for use in Apple products.
Work with Apple
Apple used Samsung as a manufacturer of screens and processors for its early iPhone models. After Apple accused Samsung of copying its technology in its Galaxy mobile devices, a legal battle was initiated between the two companies. Apple prevailed in the lawsuit, causing Samsung to pledge to create a "firewall" to prevent unauthorized transfer of technology from its manufacturing to its mobile divisions. However, Apple took its mobile processor manufacturing business to TSMC. In 2020, Apple began shifting orders for future iPhone screens from Samsung to LG.
- LG gets orders for 20M OLED iPhone screens this year, ending Samsung monopoly by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac. 2020-05-27.
- In wake of Apple ruling, Samsung's internal 'firewall' between divisions protects key partnership, by Chris Welch, The Verge. 2012-08-27.
- Apple shift to TMSC for iPhone may force Samsung to split chip design, fabrication businesses, by Mike Wuerthele, Apple Insider. 2016-12-13.