A recent report reveals that Samsung recently formed an internal team responsible for making displays specifically for Apple. The report as a whole highlights the strange position Samsung is in, as it finds itself as a supplier for one of its biggest rivals. Sources are claiming that roughly 200 employees have been dedicated to a specialized unit created specifically to serve Apple’s iPad and MacBook display needs. The folks over at Bloomberg state that the move is meant to create stronger ties with the Cupertino California company.

People familiar with the matter mentioned that Samsung employees that are working on the special team also help develop display technologies for Apple and therefore aren’t allowed to share product information with any colleagues that are outside of the group. Being this secretive, particularly for one client, can be quite difficult for any business but it makes more sense for a company like Apple, who seems to value discretion so highly. The initiative as a whole for Samsung appears to be quite similar to an LG program that also fields a display unit that is largely dedicated to Apple devices.

Samsung as a whole seems to be trying to regain standing with Apple after a previous falling out led to a worldwide court battle over smartphone patents. In August of 2014, both Samsung and Apple agreed to settle all non-US litigation with the exception of two California cases which are currently under appeal.

Alongside the dedicated display team, Samsung is rumored to be the manufacturer of Apple’s next-gen A9 system-on-chip processor, which will be powering future iPhones and iPads. As of right now, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. produces the current A8 SoC variants but Samsung’s ability to scale its advanced 14-nanometer fabrication process is the reason the South Korean tech giant netted the contract for 2015.

We’ll have to see how this move affects the relationship between the two tech giants.

Source: Bloomberg