Samsung-Apple met during Jobs' memorial to discuss doing more business together

Samsung-Apple met during Jobs' memorial to discuss doing more business together
During Wednesday's private memorial service on Apple's Cupertino campus, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Samsung CEO and company heir Lee Jae-Yong for more than 2 hours according to the Korea Herald. Rumors of the meeting had made the rounds last week just when the legal battles between the two companies was reaching a fever pitch. Lee told reporters when he arrived back in Korea that despite the legal conflict, Samsung would honor the current contract that has Samsung selling parts to Apple until sometime next year. Yesterday, Samsung said that it would make the quad-core A6 processor for the Apple iPhone 5..

Yong said that Samsung and Apple discussed how the Korean based firm could supply "better parts" to Apple in 2013-2014 after the current contract expires. Both Yong and Cook talked about ways to improve the relationship between the two tech titans. Apple was Samsung's second largest customer last year trailing only Sony. This year, Apple is expected to vault into the top spot with $7.8 billion in component orders to Samsung.

There has been speculation that Apple would look somewhere else for its chips, possibly buying from TSMC. The Samsung CEO says that Samsung is deciding whether to continue its legal battle with Apple or to hold off. Samsung's head of global marketing had said last month that the Korean based firm was going to start being more aggressive in its legal fight with Apple, saying that the company had held back because the latter was a big customer of the firm.

Samsung's mobile president Shin Jong-kyun said that the company is taking patents very seriously which can be seen in the design of the just announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus which,as we reported, is supposedly free of any design or parts that can be challenged in a patent infringement suit.

source: KoreaHerald via AppleInsider

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16 Comments

1. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

Why would Apple sue them when they rely so heavily on Samsung ?

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2346; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Probably because they want to make Samsung become worth less and less until they are at a price that Apple can afford and buy them out. Apple is taking over the world. *snickers*

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They want Sammy to be a supplier, not a competitor. Kind of like an indentured servant.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not like an indentured servant at all, but okay...

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it would be more like "slave" than indentured servant. that would be more of what they are now. a servant for a few years before being set free. apple apparently doesnt like that so they are trying to push them back into servitude. I say, lock the contract down, then sue back as hard as possible. :)

9. devil

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 10, 2008

apple is nothing without sammy cause they need better processors, graphics, high display & so on. so to get the best company have to deal with the best.

6. WsuppMjay

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Obviously Apple has never heard of the expression: Never bite the hand that feeds you :P

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

in this case.. Apple is the one that feeds Samsung... Apple pays Samsung for parts.. not the way around...

12. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

samsung gets less than 5% of its revenue from apple...if apple could move away from samsung am sure they would but the fact is that with the demand and popularity of the iphones/ipad,samsung seem to be the only company that can provide apple the amount of chips etc it needs in time

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

absolutely.. but without samsungs top notch parts, the 3gs, 4, 4s, and soon the 5, would be processorless and made of crap parts like snapdragon cores instead of modded exynos cores. Apple NEEDS samsung.. Apple is just a big customer to samsung. important yes, but not nearly as important as samsung is to apple. the 5% stat is disingenuous though. Of the totality of samsung, yes thats true.. but samsung electronics is a seperate operational entity from other samsung arms like construction and utilities. Apple is the single largest customer for the mobile division. It would hurt, initially, but it would free up a lot of room to licence out the exynos and hummingbird chips to other manufacturers, since apple wouldnt be buying all thats left over like they do now. More samsung chips in more phones.. that works for me! Kinda seems like that would be a double slap to the face. the loss of the super high end samsung technology, then samsung giving it to even more iphone competitors. double bad for apple.

11. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

They want the parts they buy at a cheaper price, that's all there is to it.

13. stealthd unregistered

If they feel their products are being copied, do you expect them to just let it go because they buy parts from Samsung?

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

It's not Apple exactly, it was Steve Jobs. He was obsessed with destroying and Android. "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." - from a cnet article. Tim Cook is a logistics man, he's responsible for Apple's supply chain. Since he took the time to meet the Samsung CEO during the memorial service I'd think he'd be much more open to reason, negotiation, and licensing deals.

5. jacko unregistered

samsung tell apple to f**k off

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

business is business...

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

HOW BOUT DROP THE LAW SUIT APPLE.How can you do business while someone at APPLE is suing Samsung in every country around the globe

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