Apple and SurfaceInk have gone separate ways following the small engineering design company’s move into creating more products for Apple’s competitors, according to the New York Times. SurfaceInk recently demonstrated a tablet computer design of its own, which may have played some part in Apple’s decision to stop working with the company.
SurfaceInk CEO, Eric Bauswell, said he thinks Apple decided to break off relations because of his company’s growing turnkey design business. “I think they view our capabilities as an opportunity for competitors,” he said.
Along with Apple, SurfaceInk has also done design work for the likes of HP and Palm.
Apple’s decision to stop working with SurfaceInk ended a ten year relationship between the two companies. Apple chose not to comment on the situation.