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Apple may pick Innolux, drop Samsung for iPad mini panels

updated 04:04 pm EDT, Thu March 28, 2013

Several suppliers speculated as handling Mini tech

Apple is taking on Innolux and Century Display as panel suppliers for the next-generation iPad mini, claims David Hsieh, NPD DisplaySearch's VP for the greater China region. "Innolux and China's Century Display will receive certificates for product qualification [from Apple] to supply [touch panels] for the iPad mini," he says. Innolux is already supplying touch panels for the 9.7-inch iPad, and earlier this week the head of the company's touch panel division, Yang Chiu-lien, said that his firm is focusing on smartphones and tablets in 2013, and hoping to ship 7-inch screens before 2014. It's expected that any panels Innolux produces will use the supplier's touch-on-display technology, which should avoid issues linked to the in-cell touch technology found in the iPhone 5.

Korean reports, meanwhile, are claiming that Apple hasn't submitted a request for quotation to Samsung Display for iPad mini parts, and isn't planning to. It's speculated that Apple will instead turn to a mix of suppliers including Sharp, LG Display, Japan Display, and AU Optronics. Apple has been trying to distance itself from Samsung in terms of supply, but with limited success; Samsung is one of the few companies large enough to be able to keep up with demand for products like iPads.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    And beat down goes on...

    After it's all said and done, Samsung would've done well to settle with Apple on claims and patents instead going thru all this litigation and lost contracts.

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