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Is Apple dropping Samsung as a supplier?

Apple is favouring Toshiba over Samsung as a memory supplier, according to sources. Could it be anything to do with all those lawsuits?

Don't bite the hand that feeds you, that's how the saying goes. Well Samsung has been ignoring this as much as is possible -- with its numerous lawsuits against Apple (with plenty coming back the other way, we might add), it's chomped its way practically up to the Cupertino company's elbow.

But now Apple's about to hit Samsung in the wallet. Apple is to reduce the amount of memory it buys from the Korean company for use in its iPad and iPhone, instead choosing to buy from Toshiba and others. Nothing personal, just business.

DigiTimes reports Apple is diversifying its supplier base. So Apple will buy flash memory not only from Samsung -- a trusted supplier for years -- but Toshiba as well. It'll be getting its RAM from Elpida, according to the site's sources.

Hardly surprising, considering the whirlwind of legal writs engulfing the two in recent months. Apple started suing Samsung for "slavishly copying" the iPhone and iPad with its mobile and tablet devices, then it went one better and had the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 yanked from the IFA show in February and banned in some countries. Not content with Europe, Apple decided to sue Samsung in Japan, while Samsung countered by accusing Apple of infringing on its patents in Australia.

To top it all, rumours abound that Samsung might try to have the iPhone 5 banned on launch day. So there really is no love lost between these two.

These legal wrangles have been noted as key to encouraging Apple to diversify its supplier base. Samsung was the largest supplier of components for Apple products, though apparently Apple will be going to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company for its processors.

What do you think? Can relations between these two ever be repaired? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.