Despite their well-publicized legal feuding, Apple and Samsung could decide to continue a completely separate relationship where Samsung provides parts for Apple’s iPhones. According to Samsung COO Lee Jae-yong, it’s entirely possible they could remain Apple’s supplier all the way into 2014.
Slashgear talks about Jae-yong meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday for two hours to discuss how they could improve relations between the two companies in the future.
[quote]“For the 2013-2014 period, we discussed how best to supply even better parts,” …Lee also added that in the business world there will always be intense competition but that it “needs to be in fair manner for the benefit of the consumer, and this stance existed in the past, is taking place now, and will occur in the future.”[/quote]
Apple gets their A6 quad-core chips from Samsung (which are found in both iPhones and iPads), but have also been deeply embroiled in difficult and controversial legal struggles over patent infringement which have led to injunctions against Samsung products in Germany, Australia and could potentially bring similar hassles to Samsung in the USA.