Apple has reduced orders of memory chips from Samsung for use in the iPhone 5, reports suggest, as the formerly cosy relationship between the two phone-makers begins to turn sour.
Last month, Apple emerged victorious in a landmark legal spat in which Samsung has been judged to have 'wilfully' copied the iPhone for select models in its Galaxy range of smartphones.
The decision meant that Samsung is liable to pay damages of some $1 billion to cover Apple’s losses.
It’s perhaps unsurprising in the wake of the verdict, then, that according to The Korea Economic Daily, the company has been dropped from the list of chip suppliers for the iPhone 5 - seemingly in a bid to reduce Apple's dependence on its rival.
The move comes amid speculation that Apple could sell as many as ten million iPhone 5 handsets within a week of its release.
The sixth-generation smartphone, which is rumoured to pack a larger screen, more processing power and 4G connectivity, is set to launch on September 12th and hit retail in select territories from September 21st.