In one of the most bizarre moments following its loss to Apple, Samsung executives met this weekend to discuss ways to keep its largest customer: Apple. At the heart of their strategy, the South Korean firm reportedly will rely on a “strict internal firewall” keeping separate its handset and chip units.

The Sunday meeting included Samsung’s vice chair Coi Gee-sung and mobile chief JK Shin, Reuters reported. Left out of the discussion was Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyon, who oversees the component side of the company…

The division is hoped to be enough for the survival of Samsung’s largest component contract: supplying components, including the A5 processor used in the iPhone and iPad. The tactic is vital to the South Korean company facing huge licensing fees after the U.S. District Court’s ruling.

So far, Apple has approved of this classic frenemies relationship with Samsung. Although rumors have abounded that might instead move its chip business to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Samsung’s A5 chip appeared in the iPhone 4S, as well as the latest iPad.

In nature, this sort of symbiotic relationship is common. The plover bird regularly ventures into the mount of the African crocodile, looking for food. The crocodile, meanwhile, gets its teeth cleaned. Samsung, like the plover bird, can only hope Apple’s jaws don’t snap shut.

  • chin2793

    What if Samsung tries to put some defective chips in millions of chips being put into iOS devices…

    • slowdeath

      then samsung will be put to blame, not apple.

      • Outhig

        Apple will have bad press too though.

    • Howard Ellacott

      Apple will create an atomic bomb and drop it onto Korea.

    • 1337lolzorz

      Is that a real question

      • chin2793

        Do you think? I was just trying to make a kind of joke out of it, I don’t think I succeeded in it.

    • YoureDumb

      and what if burritos were from Jupiter…

    • Then my friend,they’ll get sued big time by apple.

  • JT_CHITOWN

    I love the plover bird analogy. Bravo.

  • Guest

    In nature your absolutely correct this symbiotic relationship works a treat. In business I am not so sure, Apple has the ability to design it’s own custom chips, it’s been doing it for a while, the latest being the A5X, in the new iPad. It’s no secret that because of its success it has a sizeable sum if it wished to invest, say in chip fabrication. It’s also true to say Apple likes to make sure the consumer experience is the best available by keeping stuff in house. So could it be Apple invests in chip fabrication, maybe even in the US?

  • SimplyApple

    In nature your absolutely correct this symbiotic relationship works a treat. In business I am not so sure, Apple has the ability to design it’s own custom chips, it’s been doing it for a while, the latest being the A5X, in the new iPad. It’s no secret that because of its success it has a sizeable sum if it wished to invest, say in chip fabrication. It’s also true to say Apple likes to make sure the consumer experience is the best available by keeping stuff in house. So could it be Apple invests in chip fabrication, maybe even in the US?

    • goofygreek

      Apple doesnt necessarily keep stuff “in-house”. It does however have a very strict control on how everything is made and put together. And if Apple where to leave samsung and go somewhere else, there is no telling if it would be a good move or bad move until it was to late. Also, if apple where to build its own plant, it would take years and lots of money before they where able to get production going.

  • M Last

    nice picture
    samsung like the bird :)LOL
    apple always can order by other manufacturers

  • haridsv

    You got me interested in the Plover analogy, so looked it up on Wikipedia and here is what it says: “There is no evidence of this cleaning symbiosis interaction actually occurring in any crocodile species,[2] and it is most likely mythical or allegorical fiction”.

  • Don’t think Samsung depends on the chips they sell to apple to survive as Samsung is a lot more diverse company than apple. Also, you have to take in consideration that apple won a big time demand, only applicable in the US after been loosing in other countries around the globe.
    On the other hand, would be better for apple to use their $1B for creating their own parts supply chain so they don’t have to be depending on third parties and will end with more profits.

  • apple is a greedy crap even doe samsung sells chips to apple samsung is getting butt kicked