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Apple vs Samsung: Apple Executive Opens Samsungs Old Wounds

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It has been exactly 15 years since the first iPhone was launched on June 29, 2007. On this occasion, the Wall Street Journal (hereafter referred to as WSJ) today released a documentary portraying the progress of Apple in these years.

The documentary features interviews with current and former Apple executives by Joanna Stern, in which the current Apple marketing chief Greg Joswiak called out Samsung and implied that the Smartphones from Samsung were just a “Poor Copy” of the iPhones.

He further explained that Samsung just copied the iPhone design overall and made the display larger.

The credit is certainly due to Apple for introducing the innovation and starting a new era of smartphones that were capable of doing tasks while in a reduced capacity, like computers, with also introducing a dedicated app store.

However, such is the norm in the field of technology, everybody innovates & somebody takes it even further. To allege a corporation such as Samsung of copying, which was founded 53 years ago, probably would be stretching it too far.

Especially when Samsung is a major core components supplier to current giants like Tesla and a manufacturer of electronic components such as lithium-ion batteries, semiconductors, image sensors, camera modules, and displays for clients such as Sony, HTC, Nokia, and Apple itself.

On January 4, 2007, 4 days before the iPhone was introduced to the world, and Apple filed a suit for 4 design patents covering the basic shape of the iPhone.

Apple sued its component supplier Samsung, alleging in a 38-page federal complaint on April 15, 2011, in the United States for using its tech in Samsung’s Android phones and tablets. 

The claim was for infringing Apple’s intellectual property: its patents, trademarks, user interface, and style.

Samsung also counter-sued Apple on April 22, 2011, filing federal complaints in courts in South Korea, Japan, and Germany. Samsung alleged that Apple infringed on Samsung’s patents for mobile-communications technologies. 

By then, it became a suing game, and Samsung sued Apple in the British as well as American courts.

Ultimately the total score was settled through an undisclosed exact money bill understanding between the two, which has not been publicized yet by both.

Apple’s Jobs hinted once that the bigger phones were a hassle, and the sales went down for Apple around 2013 when Samsung Galaxy Note and other phones were garnering sales. Samsung criticized apple for eating its words and releasing a bigger iPhone 6.

Furthermore, Apple had a bitter taste when the sales of the iPhone 12 mini-series failed in comparison.

Even today, Samsung still beats Apple in the tablet game. Read here. And not to mention Samsung is currently a flagbearer in the foldable and flexible display division with its Z series dominating the market, while Apple and others are still trying to even enter this field.

Apple certainly seeks to stand high ground, and a sense of ego seems to be pouring from it. Who knows what would have happened if Samsung didn’t innovate the larger phones, which were more affordable and independent in terms of the OS and third-party ecosystem.

In that sense, it seems that Samsung ruined Apple’s monopoly celebrating party with its marketing and innovations. 

Apple doesn’t seem to accept that a free world of innovation that enables people to be more productive and make their lives easier will always be accepted by the world and that technology is not its monopoly or exclusive right because apple was also accused of the same.

It would be better if this old age animosity could end now, and both companies should try to work better in their field, especially when Apple is seeking the help of Samsung in display solutions.

To watch the documentary visit the links in the description, and we leave you with the Apple executive’s statement.

Here referring to Samsung– “And they were annoying because, as you know, they ripped off our technology. They took the innovations that we had created and created a poor copy of it, and just put a bigger screen around it. So, yeah, we were none too pleased.”

-Apple marketing chief Greg Joswiak

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Harsh is a seasoned technology enthusiast with a deep passion for Android. Since its announcement in 2007, he has closely followed the evolution of this operating system, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its features and capabilities. His background in Android, IT, and Journalism has equipped him with the skills to analyze and present complex technological concepts in a clear and engaging manner. As the Editor-in-Chief at Samlover.com, Harsh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences about Android, services, and applications with the world.

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Samsung Wallet and VISA Offer a Chance to Win a Trip to the 2024 Paris Olympics

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Samsung is collaborating with VISA, resulting in an interesting prize competition by making some payments using a VISA card associated with Samsung Pay. 

Olympics enthusiasts, you are getting a golden chance to win a trip to the 2024 Paris Olympics through a Samsung Wallet and VISA contest. This contest is offered by Samsung and VISA. Fortunately, if you win the contest, then you will get a trip prize to experience the 2024 Paris Olympics live, potentially including travel and tickets.

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Interested parties can try to win a trip to Paris to experience the 2024 Olympic Games live. Transparently, Samsung is a global partner of the Olympics, and the prize competition suggested these days concerns the Games scheduled for July 26, 2024, in Paris. The initiative “You can win the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, thanks to VISA” is available until 11:59 p.m. on June 2, 2024.

To participate in the draw for a trip to attend the Paris 2024 Olympics, you need to  have at least one VISA card linked to both Samsung Wallet and Samsung Pay to accept the terms and conditions and go through the privacy policy. 

To take part in the draw, it is necessary to carry out at least five transactions with Samsung Pay and the associated VISA card between May 20 and June 2, 2024. The four winners will be chosen on June 5, 2024, and will be contacted through email at the address provided. The prize packages will include: transfers from Charles de Gaulle airport to the Novotel Les Halles hotel and vice versa; accommodation in a double room for two nights along with breakfast; 2 Paris tourist passes; 2 cards for Paris visitors to use public transport; a VISA concierge in the hotel; and staff for any medical support and security; however, they differ in the races you can attend, the departure airport, and the dates. 

  • 2 prize packages This package includes two tickets to attend a BMX freestyle cycling competition and a beach volleyball competition that will be held during the Olympics, as well as two return flight tickets from Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome (Fiumicino) to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. The duration will be July 29–31, 2024. 
  • 2 B prize packages: This package includes 2 tickets to attend a beach volleyball competition and an artistic gymnastics competition, which will be held during the Olympics, and 2 return flight tickets from the A. Vespucci airport in Florence to the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. The duration will be July 27–29, 2024. 

The overall prize money, as accused by Samsung, is 38,916.76 euros. 

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Samsung to Rely on Chinese Manufacturing for Smartphones

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Samsung is now looking forward to outsourcing smartphone design and production to Chinese companies. The giant has allocated the design and production of some cheap phones to the original device manufacturers (ODM) since 2019. 

If the new report is to be believed, the Korean giant will increase the production of smartphones by Chinese ODMs, or joint device manufacturers (JDMs), from 44 million units last year to 67 million units by the end of this year. This hinted that outsourced smartphones will account for 25% of Samsung’s reported production goal of 270 million units in 2024. 

The report hinted at the increased reliance on Chinese brands for outsourcing production and the fact that 28 million units were being outsourced to factories in Vietnam. The brand first outsourced the production of some smartphones back in 2019, reportedly making an offer to cut costs and lower prices. The Korean brand relies on this production strategy for its budget-able smartphones rather than flagship smartphones, though. 

However, in a way, this is not incontrovertibly a minus, as the company could use this outsourcing strategy to offer more competitively priced budget phones. But this does raise the possibility of Samsung’s budget being lower-quality offerings, as ODM partners could supposedly cut corners to make a profit.

The reports revealed that the Samsung Galaxy A03 is an outsourced phone, and the expectation regarding it was that it would deliver good battery life and various notable quality-of-life improvements. Somewhere, the device gets criticized for its cheap construction and laggy performance. Notably, Samsung was the only Android brand on the list of the top 10 best-selling smartphones in 2022 and 2023.

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Samsung Display Begins OLED Mass Production for 2026 iPad Mini and iPad Air

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Samsung Display is now ramping up production of its OLED display for tablets. After supplying OLED panels for the iPad Pro this year, they are reportedly working on ones for the iPad mini. 

report from Korea claims that the Korean giant began its production of samples for the new iPad mini last month, and Apple has used LCD panels in the existing iPad series but began applying OL ED to products released this year. Among the four iPad models, including Pro, Air, Regular, and Mini, at the moment only the Pro models arrive with OLED displays. 

Apple decided to apply OLED to the iPad Mini and Air models, which are supposed to be introduced in 2026. On the other side, Samsung Display began developing 8-inch panel samples for the iPad mini last month. A small number of domestic partners conducting advanced development with Samsung Display have also begun responding in this regard. 

Samsung Display is known to have planned to mass-produce the new iPad mini’s OLED panels on their Cheonan A2 production line. This line specializes in making rigid OLED panels, and they may be dedicated to looking into tablet-size panels as compared to smartphone displays. The panel has been mass-produced through the collaboration of Samsung Display and LG since the first quarter of the year. 

An industry insider revealed, “I understand that Samsung Display began developing samples for the OLED iPad Mini last month at Apple’s request. After developing initial samples in the first half of this year, we will be able to enter the development stage for mass production within the year.”. 

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