When the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was running the company, he decided to sue Samsung Electronics. The current CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, originally opposed the idea of the lawsuit mostly because Apple and Samsung had a close-knit relationship. Apple was Samsung’s biggest customer in 2011 and was buying around $8 billion worth of screens and chips from them. However Steve Jobs did not want to sit around and let Samsung’s hardware replicate the iPhone while using the Android operating system.
Apple signed a flash memory deal with Samsung in 2005. The grandson of Samsung’s founder had visited Steve Jobs’ home in Palo Alto, California around that time as well. When the Galaxy S was launched in 2010, Jobs and Cook complained to Samsung executives that it had the same look and feel as the iPhone. They expected Samsung to change around the design. After Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab, that is when Jobs ran out of patience.
In April 2011, Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung and attempted to ban Samsung devices from being sold in the U.S. As a result, Samsung lost a major lawsuit and was asked to pay Apple $1 billion.