A report on Wednesday sheds light on the curious position Samsung finds itself in every day, as both a competitor and a supplier to Apple. The report claims Samsung recently formed an internal team dedicated to making displays exclusively for Apple.
Sources claim Samsung dedicated around 200 employees to a specialized unit created specifically to serve Apple’s iPad and MacBook display needs, a move meant to foster stronger ties with the Cupertino tech company, reports Bloomberg. The unit was supposedly created on April 1, the same day Samsung split its display arm into two units handling LCD and OLED technology.
The Samsung employees are said to be helping to develop display technologies for Apple, and are not allowed to share product information with anyone outside of the group. While this is unusual, it highlights the tightrope Samsung must walk to remain a supplier to a company like Apple, which values secrecy above all.
Competitor LG Display also fields a similar team, dedicated only to displays for Apple devices.
While Samsung and Apple have waged a number of courtroom battles over patents around the world, August 2014 saw both sides agree to settle all non-U.S. legal spats. Two California cases are currently under appeal.