Samsung to Continue Supplying Parts to Apple Next Year Despite Legal Battles

October 19, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Samsung has been involved in legal struggles against Apple for a while now. But it appears that all those lawsuits won’t be affecting the deals between the two electronics giants. Samsung has announced that it will continue to supply parts to Apple in the year 2012.

As you might know, Samsung supplies memory chips, display panels and other components for Apple’s devices.

Samsung’s second-largest client in 2010 was Apple (In case you are wondering, the largest buyer was Japan’s Sony Corp). The deals with Apple resulted in four percent of Samsung’s 155 trillion won ($142 billion) annual revenue. So, staying in touch with Apple is definitely a good idea.


It was some time ago that Apple started accusing Samsung of copying the designs of their popular gadgets. Apple filed lawsuits against the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S handsets and Galaxy Tab in Germany, Australia and other countries.

This prompted Samsung to come out with counter-suits against the sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S in Italy, France, Japan and Australia. Those lawsuits accused Apple of violating technology patents.

But now, amidst talks about an end to the partnership between Samsung and Apple, the Korean company has announced that they will continue to supply parts to Apple next year.

Samsung’s chief operating officer Lee Jae-Yong, who met Tim Cook during a memorial service for Steve Jobs, said that his meeting with the Apple chief covered the issue of promoting “good relations”.

“There was discussion on how to supply even better parts for the 2013-2014 period,” he said. But he didn’t say anything regarding a truce with Apple.

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