We all know about the legal warfare that has been going on between Apple and Samsung from over a year now. It all started when Apple alleged Samsung of copying the design of the iPhone and the iPad and employing it in the design of the company’s Galaxy family of devices, including smart phones and tablets. This happened way back in 2011.
But in 2005, the two companies signed a contract which made them work together. Apple saw the potential in Samsung as an industry which invests a lot of money in research. The Jobs and Co. of that time also knew that flash memory was going to be the preferred form of mass storage, leaving devices with movable parts in the dust. And Samsung is a master in flash memory.
Also, Samsung is known for its chip manufacturing. Apple saw this also as an option. So the Cupertino based company signed Samsung as its official supplier of processors for all the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, and then the infant iPhone.
But then, Samsung released its line of Galaxy devices which looked exactly like Apple’s iPhone. Jobs tried to convince Samsung to change it in the meetings that the companies held. But it did not seem promising to him. So he took the case to the public courtrooms across the globe. But as Reuters revealed for the first time ever yesterday, Tim Cook, the then Chief Operating Officer of the company and a CEO in the making, did not see eye to eye with Steve Jobs on this.
Tim Cook, Jobs’ successor as Apple chief executive, was opposed to suing Samsung in the first place, according to people with knowledge of the matter, largely because of that company’s critical role as a supplier of components for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple bought some $8 billion worth of parts from Samsung last year, analysts estimate.
What do you think would have happened if at all Tim Cook was the CEO of the time and Apple had not sued Samsung? Anyway, for more of this story, go here.