Reuters: Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, never wanted to take Samsung to court

February 11, 2013
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    When people say “the mobile industry”, what they really mean is Apple and Samsung. Sorry HTC, Sony, Huawei, and just about every other handset player, but you’re simply not big enough for this writer to take seriously.

    Reuters knows this just as well as everyone else, and they’ve recently written a piece talking about the complicated relationship between these two industry giants. If you haven’t read it by now, then do yourself a favor and open up the story in another tab so you can read it later. The key quote we want to highlight is from the third paragrpah:

    “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.”

    It seems kind of obvious. If you’re highly dependent on a company for components, you don’t want to piss them off, because it’s going to put you in a bad situation, yet that’s exactly what Apple did. And who was behind the whole thing? It looks like it was Steve Jobs himself, which again, is something that seems rather obvious, but now we at least have evidence to back that theory up.

    Will Apple and Samsung ever stop fighting? That’s hard to say. Apple’s beef is with Google, who they don’t want to sue directly, because Google has an army of lawyers the size of a small European country. Suing Samsung helps Apple because it makes Samsung question their commitment to Android. Make no mistake, Samsung was a nobody before they switched to Google’s mobile operating system.

    At the end of the day, none of this court stuff matters to end users. It’s an interesting fight to watch, if you’re into watching large multinational corporations duke it out, but the average guy on the street couldn’t care less.

    Comments

    • Bone

      Samsung welcomed the lawsuit because it generated $10Bil worth of advertisement for the discount of $1B they may not have to pay. In the end the lawsuit was logical from Apple’s POV, but the idea of a moral victory taking toll on the Samsung sales backfired. They should’ve just threatened with component embargo behind doors.

      • john

        I actually thought it worked both ways…like some kind of secret arrangement between Samsung and Apple to gather some attention by suing each other.

    • http://twitter.com/lean6rtj2 lean6rtj

      Apple created a monster with Samsung. “IT’S ALIIIIVE!“

    • Stoney

      The costs of these lawsuits are reflected in the cost of handsets – I reckon at least 1-2% of a handset’s price comes direct from the Litigation bill.

      The US really REALLY needs to shake up patent Law so that you can’t patent things which are made the way they are because of how the human mind works. “Slide to unlock” is beautiful because your mind “just gets it”. Other methods are less satisfactory because they don’t follow how the mind works on a fundamental level.

    • naurizofficial

      Yeah, right. And why you did not do shit, to fix it last two years, pussy?

    • ray01000101010101

      Yes, blame the dead guy since no onecan defend a deadman

    • Nicholas Gatewood

      “When people say “the mobile industry”, what they really mean is Apple
      and Samsung. Sorry HTC, Sony, Huawei, and just about every other handset
      player, but you’re simply not big enough for this writer to take
      seriously.”
      Shamefully idiotic intro to the post. I’d take Sony over Samsung any day of the week, and HTC isn’t much to scoff at lately either. When I talk about phones, I generally talk about Sony phones, Samsung phones, Nokia phones and maybe add in some negative stuff about Apple’s phones or business practices. I sure as hell don’t stupidly think only of Samsung and Apple and just totally forget about everyone else in the industry.
      Xperia Z > any other phone on the market right now, Xperia Z tablet > any other tablet on the market right now.

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