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Published on February 10th, 2013 | by Gizmodo

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Tim Cook Was Never Keen on Suing Samsung in the First Place

Everybody knows about Steve Job’s famous intentions to go thermonuclear on Android if necessary, but it seems that current CEO Tim Cook wasn’t necessarily on the same tactical page.

Tim Cook Was Never Keen on Suing Samsung in the First PlaceEverybody knows about Steve Job’s famous intentions to go thermonuclear on Android if necessary, but it seems that current CEO Tim Cook wasn’t necessarily on the same tactical page. According to Reuters, unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation say that Cook was opposed to suing Samsung when the trouble started brewing, because Samsung was such a big parts supplier for Apple.

From Reuters:

It makes sense that Cook would have been particularly concerned about constraining the flow of supplies considering he was responsible for handling the logistics of building the sophisticated and efficient supply line of which Samsung was a part. Of course a lot has changed since then. Cook now has the reins, but Apple has already made some progress developing its own chips, hiring away a top Samsung chip designer, and generally making moves to wean itself off of Samsung goodies. And that’s to say nothing of the big win Apple initially got against the Korean company, even though it seems to be dissolving day by day.

Whether the patent fight will peter out into some sort of stalemate is still anybody’s guess regardless of who happens to be in charge of Apple at the moment. And the fact remains that Samsung does still have a good supply of flash memory. Still, one can imagine that if this is the case, Cook might not wave that particular war banner as fervently as Jobs might have. But then again, ball’s already rollin’. [Reuters]

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