Is Samsung Going to Supply Next Generation iPad Screens?

Jaycee De Guzman June 16, 2013 1

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We all know Samsung and Apple have a very strange relationship. First we see them collaborating, then dealing in court and now it seems that they will have a close collaboration again. This last report that showed up on the web says that Samsung will be supplying screens for the next iPad Mini and iPad. This information was first showed on ETNews.

According to them, and some other reliable sources, Samsung will lead the supply chain for a 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays for both tablet devices. Both of them will have the same 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution or the exciting Retina Display tech already seen on the iPad 4 and iPad 3. Samsung will supply displays for the iPad Mini in Q3 and this will be followed by iPad display supplies later in Q4.

Richard Shim, a NPD DisplaySearch analyst, has said that heading back to Samsung’s smaller display is something unusual, even for Apple. There was a previous collaboration for displays between these two companies for the iPad 3. Back then, Apple has tapped LG and Sharp for display panels. Shim added that Apple already said that they will collaborate with LG Display for the 1,024×768 display panels. AUO was mentioned also for entering the supply chain for displays.

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The iPad Mini display has received some negative criticism by some reviewers. Rival tablets included displays with higher resolution that made images, text and everything else looking sharper. The only benefit from the iPad Mini was that developers haven’t been forced to update their apps because the same resolution was used on the iPad first and second generation.

There aren’t any details when we’re going to see the next iPad version. Last week, a report from Citi Research has shown that there will be some delays for iPad Mini to Q4 or Q1 of 2014. DigiTimes also reported that we might see the new iPad by the end of November. Back in May, DisplaySearch has reported that the display panel production will start in June, but there isn’t even a slightest clue that Apple already started with the production.

Apple and Samsung still have unfinished trials in several courts around the world. There is a trial for damages that was filled in 2011 for numerous devices. The trial is scheduled for the start of 2014 between Samsung for Galaxy S3 and Apple for its iPhone 5.

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