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by Louis Bedigian.
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) may not be the best of friends, but they might
continue to work together in 2013.
Wall Street Journal
, Apple has added Samsung to its list of suppliers to build a
Retina Display for the second-generation iPad Mini.
Apple had initially planned to use
) exclusively. The Mac maker decided to include Samsung to ensure
that it had enough displays ready for its upcoming device.
This is a significant change from the original iPad Mini, which
contained screens manufactured by LG Display and
). AU Optronics seems to have been eliminated from that mix while
two other firms were added.
By accepting help from its South Korean rival, Apple has put itself
in a tricky situation. In Asia, the two firms work together to
build high-end iDevices. Everywhere else they battle over patents
and design disputes.
Samsung recently persuaded the United States International Trade
Commission to ban the sale of several iDevices, including the
) version of the iPhone 4. The iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G
have also been banned.
In June, analysts
that this ban -- which is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 5 --
will not have any affect on when Apple will choose to release the
"I don't think it will lead to any changes to Apple's product plans
because there are other issues of overwhelmingly greater
importance," ABG Sundal Collier analyst Per Lindberg told Benzinga.
"For example, product quality, differentiation, etc."
"The president could veto any action within a 60 day window,"
Hilliard Lyons analyst Stephen Turner told Benzinga. "We note that
after [that] window it would be the beginning of August and we
expect a new iPhone '5S' to be released shortly thereafter at which
time we believe Apple would discontinue the iPhone 4 anyway."
The 60-day window comes to a close
(VZ) are among the firms that have more or less come to Apple's
defense. While their actions may have more to do with corporate
self-interest than anything else, these companies have asked the
White House to overturn the ban or simply delay when it goes into
In a plea to the ITC, Apple
that the ban will "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product
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