Earlier this week, we heard that Samsung would be responsible for the production of Apple’s A6 processor, and now there’s confirmation that executives of the two companies have sat down to talk about their supply-side relationship. Apple accounted for around five percent of Samsung’s entire revenue this year through its parts and component ordering.
Despite the cozy supplier partnership, Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throats on the consumer side of things, with ongoing court cases in countries all around the world. At issue are patent infringement claims from both sides, which have already resulted in temporary injunctions against some Samsung products in some markets.
Samsung COO Lee Jae-yong said Wednesday (via Yonhap News) that despite those problems, Samsung will definitely continue to supply parts to Apple until 2012. Lee also discussed with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday how “best to supply even better parts” for the 2013-2014 period at a meeting following a memorial service for Steve Jobs. The two executives also talked about challenges the companies have faced, and about how to better work together in the future, indicating a desire on both sides to maintain supply chain ties.
Lee also commented on Samsung’s legal battle, saying the company needs to consider its options regarding whether or not to expand its legal attack. Samsung has seen a number of unfavorable decisions recently, including a rejected injunction request against Apple devices in the Netherlands.