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Apple CEO Tim Cook was against Samsung patent war from outset

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Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3
Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3

Tim Cook, now Apple CEO in the place of the late Steve Jobs, has admitted that he was opposed to suing Samsung over patent-infringement issues from the outset.

Steve Jobs began waging a legal war he named “thermo-nuclear” against Samsung in an attempt to keep iPhone clones off the market nearly two years ago. However, according to sources close to the situation, Apple CEO Tim Cook was against legal action in the first place, due to Samsung being a key supplier for Apple iPhone and Apple iPad components.

Analysts have estimated that Apple purchased around $8 billion (£5.08 billion) worth of parts from Samsung during 2012, despite Apple’s legal battles with the South Korean market leader.

As a result of the legal disputes, last year Apple won a huge victory over Samsung, being awarded $1.05 billion (£668 million) in damages after the South Korean manufacturer as seen to infringe several of Apple’s mobile device patents. Despite Apple’s big win, legal battles with Samsung seem to be reaching stalemate, as Apple is increasingly unable to prove its product sales have been damaged by imitative products on the market.

Now the smart device market leader, Samsung has seemed to benefit immensely from its relationship with Apple, bringing the Samsung Galaxy S3 to market closely rivalling the Apple iPhone 5 in terms of specs and design.

The two smart device manufacturers seem set to continue battle as friendly enemies at the top of the market, where they control half the sales and the great majority of the profits ahead of BlackBerry and Microsoft.

Apple has a history of taking on its rivals in court, especially when it took in Microsoft in the 1980s accusing it of copying the Macintosh OS to create Windows. Apple lost the battle and was virtually rendered extinct, until Steve Jobs took up the reins once again in 1996 and invented the Apple iPod, completely reinventing way users listen to music.

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Via: Reuters

bmaz

February 11, 2013, 2:26 pm

"Jobs took up the reins once again in 1996 and invented the Apple iPod, completely reinventing way users listen to music."
There are a lot of incorrect assumptions being made here with this one statement.
You are implying that the iPod was invented in 1996 and that Steve Jobs himself invented it. You are also implying that the iPod saved Apple, it didn't Apple was already making a comeback with iMacs and various iDevices before the iPod. The iPod was merely a new revenue stream. Lastly, the iPod itself didn't re-invent ways people listened to music, it didn't create a new category of devices, it simply brought better design.

Aus379

February 11, 2013, 2:36 pm

Now, you are implying that the MP3 player didn't exist before the iPod did.
In fact, Apple has never invented ANYTHING.
I challenge anyone to show my something that was invented by Apple, post Woz.

bmaz

February 11, 2013, 2:41 pm

Re-read what I wrote.

Roman Alekseev

February 11, 2013, 4:26 pm

they did invent something, its called "iVery iExpensive"

manoob1

February 12, 2013, 9:46 am

invent?? the writer of the article needs to get his facts right.
jobs didn't invent anything. mp3 players been there long before I-pod. and the guy who designed it wasn't jobs. he just ordered people around.as for best smartphone??
i-phone used to be best! not anymore! not since s2 came. that's why s2 and s3 have won all the best mobile/gadgts awards!!!
really sad wrter writing without checking their facts!
touch screen and gestures have been aroud since 80`s.
and I-phone looked like an oversized LG chocolate..

Aus379

February 12, 2013, 2:23 pm

Sorry.
I missed the last part.

7rich

February 12, 2013, 3:57 pm

"Now the smart device market leader, Samsung has seemed to benefit immensely from its relationship with Apple, bringing the Samsung Galaxy S3 to market closely rivalling the Apple iPhone 5 in terms of specs and design." This sentence seems to suggest the S3 came out after iPhone 5 ?

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