Apple and Samsung have lawsuits galore, but when the iPad 2 needs displays because of LG quality issues the two sides start talking.
DigiTimes is reporting that LG Display lost some iPad 2 panel orders to Samsung and Chimei Innolux following quality issues. DigiTimes noted that the quality issues were so bad at LG that Apple moved to call Samsung. CNET noted that iPad 2 demand far out-paced LG's ability to manufacture screens.
Talk about an awkward conversation.
- Apple gets an injunction of Samsung Galaxy Tabs in Europe. The move may be moronic to some, but it's quite a body blow to Samsung.
- The two parties have multiple patent suits against each other.
- Yet Apple is Samsung largest customer.
If this were a personal relationship Samsung would likely tell Apple to take a hike and maybe even drop an F-bomb or two. But when there are billions of dollars at stake and a supply chain to keep running companies will talk. Even so, the ability for Samsung and Apple to compartmentalize is nothing short of amazing.