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LG Display picked as main display supplier for iPhone 6

08/19, 1:22pm

Wins out over Samsung, Sharp, Japan Display

Apple has picked LG Display as its primary supplier of display panels for the iPhone 6, according to supply chain sources cited by Chinese site Feng.com. The firm is said to have beat out Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display for the bulk of orders. Otherwise, however, it's not specified what the balance will be. The implication is also that Sharp is indeed in the supply chain, despite a May report claiming it had been dropped in favor of Innolux due to quality control problems.

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Apple iWatch coming in October, already in trial production at Quanta

06/19, 4:19pm

Third report pointing to October timeframe

Taiwanese firm Quanta has started on trial production of the Apple iWatch, and will enter mass production in July in advance of an October release date, sources tell Reuters. One person says that the watch will "likely" have a 2.5-inch rectangular display, protruding slightly from the wristband in an arched shape. The device is also expected to have a touch interface, and be one of Apple's first products with wireless charging.

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Displays for second-gen iPad Air rumored to start production in June

06/11, 1:57pm

Other parts to follow

Displays for a second-generation iPad Air should enter production later this month, followed shortly by other components like camera modules, claims Korean site ETNews. Apple is expected to stick to the same 9.7-inch 2048x1536 panels it used with the Air. LG Display will reportedly lead production, followed by Sharp and Samsung in July.

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LG Display head suggests 700ppi smartphone displays on horizon

05/29, 7:09am

LG will demonstrate 6-inch Quad HD display at SID 2014

A smartphone display with far higher pixel densities are on the way, according to the head of LG Display. The head of the company recently revealed in an interview that panels with a density of 600 pixels per inch could be created soon, with 700ppi smartphone panels also possible, with similar screens for the phablet market also set to be showcased soon.

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Apple suppliers to start producing next-gen iPhone displays in May

04/01, 9:49am

4.7-inch phones first, 5.5-inch phone 'could be delayed'

Apple's suppliers should start mass production of next-generation iPhone displays in May, in preparation for a launch expected this fall, according to supply chain sources in contact with Reuters. In keeping with earlier rumors, the suppliers are said to include Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display. The sources claim that 4.7-inch displays should enter production first, while 5.5-inch screens could be delayed. Reuters describes both sizes as belonging to the iPhone 6, but it's unclear if Apple itself will use the same distinction.

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12.9-inch iPad allegedly in production for early 2014 launch

11/19, 10:03am

May be supported by recent rumors

A "first-tier display supplier" is working on 12.9-inch Retina displays for an iPad due to launch in early 2014, claims the Korea Times. The publication cites an official at one of Apple's Korean suppliers. Based on Apple's known partners in the region, that implies either LG Display or Samsung, either of whom would be large enough to support an iPad launch.

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iPad mini shortages connected to burn-in on Sharp LCDs, rumor claims

11/08, 9:38am

Apple allegedly turning to Samsung for help

Anticipated shortages of the Retina iPad Mini are linked to burn-in problems Sharp is having with its IGZO LCD panels, an industry source claims. The burn-in is thought to be caused by malfunctions in thin-film transistors. The source notes that while the burn-in is invisible to the eye, it still doesn't meet Apple's quality standards.

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iPad Air teardown shows lower build cost than third-gen iPad

11/05, 11:01am

Uses single LTE chipset for all US carriers

In spite of shifting to more advanced components, the iPad Air is actually cheaper to build than the third-generation iPad was, according to a teardown by IHS iSuppli. The cost is estimated to be between $274 and $361 per unit, depending on the exact configuration. The base cost is $42 less than it was for the third-gen iPad. One contributing factor is the A7 processor, which while costing $18 per unit, is still $5 less than an A5 processor was 18 months ago.

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Samsung, LG Display settle display technology patent lawsuit

09/24, 11:31am

Display producers to work together rather than continue legal action

Samsung and LG Display are ending their display-related patent lawsuits against each other, with a view to working together on the technologies in the future. The agreement, which effectively ends a courtroom battle that commenced in September 2012, was rumored to have been close to dropping in March of this year, but has only just finished.

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LG Display, Intel working on LCD panel with built-in WiDi support

09/09, 7:21am

Panel will help display manufacturers offer WiDi with minimal requirements

LG Display is working with Intel to develop its first LCD panel for monitors that will have Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) integrated into it. The new panel, measuring 23.8 inches, will allow users to stream content from notebooks and desktops to the display, without requiring a cable to be connected between the two devices.

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Second-gen iPad mini LCD production in line with last year's levels

08/15, 10:48am

IHS accounts may dispel notions of delay

Display production levels for the second-generation iPad mini are paralleling those of the first-gen model last year, says research firm IHS iSuppli. "Based [on what] we are seeing in the [production] pipeline...The volumes are similar to the iPad mini that we saw in Q4 of last year," explains one of the firm's directors, Vinita Jakhanwal. The claim would appear to dismiss rumors of delays pushing production back to November, and a launch even further.

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Samsung gaining ground as Apple display supplier

08/07, 1:21pm

Legal troubles having no effect

Despite legal battles between the two companies, Samsung is actually gaining ground as a display supplier for Apple, says NPD DisplaySearch. Samsung shipped more 9.7-inch iPad panels in April and June than Apple's other major display partner, LG Display. NPD notes moreover that Apple been increasing its orders since January; whereas it picked up 2.3 million panels from Samsung in the first quarter, shipments rose to over 4.1 million in Q2.

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Apple dropping AU Optronics from iPad mini LCD suppliers, report says

07/23, 10:56am

Samsung could be replacement

As a result of the latter's production problems, Apple won't be taking on AU Optronics as an LCD supplier for the second-generation iPad mini, says ETNews. LCDs for the first-gen Mini are provided by AUO, Sharp, and LG Display. Apple has reportedly forged a deal with LG for the next Mini, and is thought likely to take on Sharp again, since it can provide low-power oxide semiconductor panels.

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Retina-equipped iPad mini could be ready for October

07/19, 9:47am

Counters claims of delay until 2014

An iPad mini with a Retina display should show up in 2013, despite recent claims to the contrary, say industry sources for DigiTimes. LG Display is reportedly "making new headway" with Retina technology for the Mini, and should have panels ready in time for an October product refresh. The company is expected to produce 2 to 3 million panels per month in the run up.

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LG Display demonstrates 2.2mm-thick 5.2-inch Full HD LCD display

07/11, 6:21am

Thin smartphone display claimed as world's thinnest, uses 2.3mm bezel

LG Display, following on from its success with flexible displays, has revealed a Full HD LCD smartphone panel which it believes is the world's slimmest, thanks to a number of new manufacturing techniques. The 5.2-inch display has a thickness of just 2.2mm, as well as a minimal 2.3mm bezel, which LG hopes will lead to sleeker Full HD smartphones and mobile devices.

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Apple looking to expand use of IGZO displays, sources claim

07/10, 4:11pm

iPad, MacBooks expected to adopt technology

Apple is planning to expand its adoption of IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) displays to new iPad and MacBook models coming within the next year, industry sources tell etnews.com. The company is reportedly talking to LCD panel makers like Sharp and LG Display about the prospect. The IGZO-equipped MacBooks will reportedly ship in the first half of 2014.

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LG Display confirms flexible display manufacturing starts Q4 2013

06/19, 1:25pm

Bendable displays for smartphones, advertising claimed shatter proof

LG Display has confirmed it is going to start mass production of flexible displays for mobile devices and industry. Executives from the company spoke about it creating flexible smartphone display panels for its largest clients from the fourth quarter this year, as well as a rapid need to create the bendable screens for display advertisements.

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Reuters sources say Apple considering larger iPhones for 2014

06/13, 9:31am

Device could grow as large as 5.7 inches

Apple is considering a range of possible options for expanding its iPhone lineup in 2014, say four sources for Reuters, some of which are said to be with Asian suppliers. The people claim that Apple is considering two bigger iPhone sizes, including 4.7- and 5.7-inch dimensions. Suppliers have reportedly been approached with plans for the bigger screens, but whether or not they'll make it into shipping products is uncertain. "They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype," one source says.

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NPD anticipates Retina iPad mini display production in June or July

05/07, 9:36am

Claims new Minis in Q3 2013, Q1 2014

Production of Retina displays for a new iPad mini should start in June or July, says NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim. Elaborating, Shim claims that LG Display will be the parts' major producer, and that Samsung will continue to be omitted from the Mini display chain. "Samsung is currently not in the iPad mini and they won't be in the next generation. LGD is becoming a much bigger supplier than before," he says.

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iPad mini suppliers anticipate 20-30 percent shipment drop in Q2

04/17, 3:30pm

Customers allegedly waiting for next-gen Mini

iPad mini shipments are expected to decline about 20 to 30 percent in the current quarter, say supply chain sources for DigiTimes. Apple is already believed to be cutting its Mini reserves, from roughly 15 million in the previous quarter to between 10 and 12 million. The shipment forecast is being blamed on people waiting for the release of a second-generation Mini, even though the first-gen tablet shipped in November.

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Rumor pushes fifth-gen iPad production to July-August timeframe

04/09, 9:36am

Tablet expected to be thinner, Mini-like

Mass production of the fifth-generation iPad is only slated to start in a July-August window, say DigiTimes sources in Taiwan-based supply companies. The people add that the display is expected to be manufactured by Sharp and LG Display, while touch panel assembly will be done by TPK, and ITO thin film will come from Nitto Denko and Teijin. Some earlier rumors had an iPad announcement taking place as soon as this month.

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Rumor has Apple TV set using 4K Ultra HD panel

03/27, 12:05pm

Supply seen as major obstacle

Apple's long-anticipated TV set will use a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) panel, according to supply chain sources reached by DigiTimes. The sometimes-accurate trade paper says that Apple and its main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, have been in talks for some time about the TV's production schedule. Apple, though, has reportedly been worrying about where to get panels from, since Ultra HD suppliers are predicted to be working at nearly full capacity in 2013 just to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.

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LG Display invests $657M into OLED production lines

02/18, 10:49am

New line in South Korean factory to produce TV panels

LG Display is planning to boost its organic light emitting diode (OLED) efforts with a 706 billion won ($657 million) investment. The boost of cash will go towards an eighth-generation OLED TV panel manufacturing line at its P9 plant in Paju, South Korea, expanding its current manufacturing processes by a considerable amount.

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Apple hires ex-LG OLED display expert

02/08, 9:35am

Suggests Apple interest in OLED panels

Apple has hired a former senior researcher at LG Display, Dr. Jueng-jil Lee, reports say. Lee was reportedly involved in LG's efforts at working on a printed AMOLED TV. Before joining that employer, he is said to have been responsible for development at Cambridge Display Technology (now part of Sumitomo), a company specializing in polymer-based OLED material.

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Apple cutting iPhone 5 parts orders in half, sources claim

01/14, 10:09am

Phone allegedly seeing 'weaker-than-expected' demand

Apple is slashing its parts orders for the iPhone 5 due to demand falling lower than expected, say Wall Street Journal sources. For the current quarter Apple has reportedly cut screen orders to about half of what it had originally planned for. The sources note that Apple told suppliers about reduced orders last month; one source elaborates that more than just screens have been affected. Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display Co. are allegedly the main suppliers for iPhone 5 screen panels.

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27-inch iMac delays blamed on LG Display

01/10, 4:39pm

Lamination issues allegedly slowing down panel making

Recent shipping delays for the 27-inch iMac can be blamed on production problems at LG Display, say industry sources reached by DigiTimes. The people claim that LG has been encountering trouble with lamination, limiting the number of screens it can send out for assembly. Only about 100,000 27-inch systems can be shipped each month, the sources say.

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First Look: LG's Ultra HD Smart TVs, UltraWide IPS monitor

01/07, 1:01pm

2013 products shown at CES

Following on the heels of recent announcements, LG Display has brought many of its new TVs and other hardware to Las Vegas for CES 2013. Electronista has taken an early look at the company's latest Smart TV offerings, including several Ultra HD models, along with the UltraWide monitor and several other new IPS displays.

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LG Display to unveil Ultra HD TV range, monitor at CES 2013

12/27, 5:48am

Ultra HD high on the agenda for LG, along with thin bezels

LG Display has announced plans to introduce a range of Ultra HD 4K TVs at CES 2013. It has previously revealed its $20,000 flagship 84-inch model, that is now expanding to include new 55- and 65-inch models at a presumably more wallet-friendly price. Also set to take a bow is a new Ultra HD 30-inch computer monitor that will be the highest resolution monitor ever to hit the market.

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LG Display in-cell displays enter mass production

08/23, 7:23am

LG Display set to supply Apple with in-cell touch displays

LG has used a press conference to tell the world that it is now producing mobile panels featuring in-cell touch screen display technology, reports WSJ. Although the company did not indicate the size of the mobile displays it is producing, one of the oft repeated rumors about the upcoming next-generation iPhone is that it will feature a 4-inch display using in-cell technology. LG Display is already acknowledged as one of Apple's display manufacturing partners, with the timing of the announcement in line with reports that Apple plans to announce the eagerly anticipated device on September 12.

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Chinese display makers form OLED alliance

07/18, 6:38am

New OLED display alliance to tackle Samsung and LG

Leading China-based display makers including Visionox and Changhong along with other partners have formed a new alliance to develop OLED displays, according to Digitimes. With the battle for LCD displays largely won by the South Korean titans Samsung and LG Display, the next battleground is set to be fought on the development and production of OLED displays. While Samsung and LG Display are the early leaders in the development of OLED technologies, the new Chinese alliance now joins a recent alliance between Japanese giants Sony and Panasonic.

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LG creates five-inch full HD LCD display for smartphones

05/28, 6:53am

LG smartphone display uses AH-IPS to reach 440ppi

LG Display has introduced a full HD LCD screen for smartphones. The new display packs a higher pixels-per-inch count than the 326ppi Retina Display used on the iPhone, and is a 30 percent increase compared to LG's own 4.5-inch predecessor. Based on an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) technology, the screen can push out 440ppi at a resolution of 1920x1080. The previous 4.5-inch LG screen could only muster 329ppi and a resolution of 1280x720, by comparison. A wide viewing angle, stable display image and rapid response speed when touched is claimed by LG, with a brighter light transmission and low power consumption to help with outdoor viewing.

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Rumor has LG, AU Optronics supplying 7-inch iPad LCDs

05/17, 10:26am

2012 launch expected with 6 million units

Two companies, LG and AU Optronics, have been certified to supply LCD panels for Apple's rumored 7/7.85-inch iPad, says the Taiwanese publication Liberty Times. The firms are claimed to be aiming toward a product launch sometime in the second half of 2012, and an initial run of 6 million iPads. Liberty adds that TPK is expected to produce 4 million backlight modules, while Chimei Innolux will build 2 million; Nissha Printing will allegedly produce the touch film sensor.

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Reuters sources support claims of 4-inch iPhone displays

05/16, 1:11pm

LG, Sharp, Japan Display again named as builders

Sources for Reuters are supporting Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is using 4-inch displays for the next iPhone, and has already begun to place orders for the new parts. As with the earlier report, Reuters says that LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display are handling production, which is allegedly in early stages; full production orders could begin in June. iPhone assembly could start as soon as August, if Apple follows normal patterns. One source comments that it's still uncertain what share of display production each supplier will have.

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LG says first devices with flexible e-paper to arrive April

03/29, 5:35am

LG first with flexible e-ink e-paper, ready April

LG Display has announced that that it has started mass production of the world's first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in the next generation of e-books. The 6-inch monochrome e-ink-based plastic EPD sports a resolution of 1024x768, but its real trick is its ability to bend at up to 40 degrees from the center of the screen. It achieves this feat by being one-third thinner than existing EPDs, which continue to use a glass substrate instead of plastic, also making the LG EPD only half as heavy.

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LG 55-inch OLED TV to cost under $8,000, ship in May

03/27, 2:35pm

LG to cost just about $7,900 when it launches

The flagship 55-inch OLED TV from LG we checked out at CES will cost 9 million Korean Won (about $7,900) when it launches sometime this summer, the Maeil Economic Daily learned. The 55EM9600 should be shown off one more time at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and this would also likely coincide with the TV's commercial release date. It should come before Samsung's similar 55-inch set, and is due for release sometime near the London Olympics.

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Sharp finally greenlit for third-gen iPad display shipments

03/20, 11:35am

LG may still be outside of loop

Sharp actually received verification to start producing third-gen iPad displays in February, claims research firm WitsView. The company is said to have produced 2.71 million panels, but this was allegedly well below Apple's expectations. Recent Wall Street Journal accounts have suggested that Sharp didn't get any displays into the first wave of iPads.

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Sharp's absence from new iPad LCDs blamed on short delay

03/14, 6:15pm

Sharp may contribute to iPad LCDs late March

Sharp's apparent absence from new iPad LCD production was out of a delay, not an outright rejection, an insider claimed Wednesday. It was to contribute starting in late December, according to the Wall Street Journal, but it had problems tailoring the screens to make sure they fit. New shipments could start as soon as March.

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Tip: LG Display still involved in new iPad LCD supply

03/14, 9:00am

LG Display still joining Samsung in iPad displays

A new leak on Wednesday has countered claims that Samsung might be exclusive as Apple's supplier for the new iPad's display. The Reuters contact understood that LG Display was "also in a panel supply deal" for the 2048x1536 LCD. No mention was made of Sharp, which has been mentioned as possibly left out after not being ready for Apple's goals.

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Samsung may be single display supplier for new iPad

03/13, 4:20pm

LG, Sharp allegedly failed quality tests

Samsung is currently the only display supplier for the third-generation iPad, claims Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager with research firm IHS iSuppli. Two other companies in the running, Sharp and LG Display, allegedly failed to meet Apple's quality requirements. "The display specifications on the new iPad are very demanding in terms of the very high resolution," says Jakhanwal. "Achieving this high resolution without compromising on the power consumption and brightness and maintaining Apple’s quality standards are supposedly proving to be a challenge for LG Display and Sharp."

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Apple rumored using thin bezel tech for 7.85-inch iPad

03/12, 7:20am

Mini iPad may take thin bezel to maximize design

A rumor starting the week has the often claimed 7.85-inch small iPad using relatively new technology to make the most of its screen. Part suppliers told Digitimes they anticipated Apple using thin bezel technology to make sure as much of the screen was available as possible. Indirectly supporting this, they expected that Shuriken panel designer LG Display would make the IPS or FFS (in-plane or field fringe switching) LCD.

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NPD: Apple loose with iPad Retina Display definitions

03/08, 3:10pm

Sharp, Samsung, LG seen as suppliers

Apple is operating relatively loosely with how it defines the term "Retina Display" for the new iPad, argues NPD DisplaySearch. The research firm notes, for example, that the iPad's 264ppi pixel density is substantially less than the 326ppi on the iPhone 4. "But since 'retina display' is a marketing term with no specific definition, Apple is able to use it how it wants," NPD writes.

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AUO tapped for 7.85in iPad LCDs, Samsung tops current iPads

03/05, 7:45am

iPad display production plans said including mini

Persistent talk of a smaller iPad in development was fueled again after rumors surfaced on Monday. Taiwan's Economic Daily News claimed that AU Optronics had been picked as one of the suppliers for the previously mentioned 7.85-inch display's LCD panel. LG Display would also be involved, but Samsung would reportedly be out of the production loop.

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Rumor reiterates talk of iPad 3 facing low supply early on

03/01, 8:20am

iPad 3 display again said to blame for low volumes

Revived rumors have suggested the iPad 3 may face display-related shortages. The Digitimes part supplier contacts claimed that LG Display, Samsung, and Sharp had "failed to substantially ramp up" production of the 2048x1536 display in the run-up to the March 7 event. Shipments would only truly accelerate in the spring, according to this view of events.

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Samsung explores options for LCD unit amid OLED shift

02/14, 12:55pm

Samsung won't confirm rumors of LCD team spinout

Samsung answered rumors that it might split off its LCD division. Representative James Chung wouldn't confirm or deny the talk to Reuters, saying only that the company was "internally reviewing various options." Nothing had been locked in, he explained.

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Fresh rumors surface of Apple testing smaller iPad

02/14, 6:55am

Apple could be prepping 8-inch iPad

A fresh rumor has surfaced suggesting that Apple may be sampling 8-inch tablet displays from AU Optronics and LG Display, according to WSJ . Apple is known to experiment with different displays for its devices, which do not always make it to market. However, while most people opt for 10-inch tablets where the iPad dominates, smaller tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire have made significant inroads into the expanding tablet market, costing Apple total market share.

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iPad 3 production could hit 65-70m in 2012

02/13, 10:10pm

iPad 3 run estimated 60pc higher than in 20111

A mix of suppliers and unnamed Korean press mentions have claimed that Apple is planning a dramatic increase in iPad shipments for 2012. Shipments for the new LCD panel, believed designed by Sharp but being manufactured by LG Display and Samsung, were said by the Commercial Times to be already booked to the order of 65 million to 75 million units for the year. Versus production of about 40.5 million in 2011, it would represent 60 to 73 percent higher shipments than last year.

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LG Display to start 55-inch OLED TV panel production in July

01/27, 11:50am

LG Display to make 48,000 flat panels per month

Flat panel supplier LG Display has revealed on Friday that it will begin production of its very impressive 55-inch OLED HDTV panel we got a close look at during CES in July. LG itself will put the panel into its 4mm thick, 55EM9600 HDTV, which was also introduced at CES. LG Display's prototype eight-generation production line will reportedly manufacture 48,000 of the panels per month.

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First-hand: LG Display to lead with new OLED, tablet LCD

01/10, 2:15pm

LG Display gives us a glimpse of future products

LG Display (LGD) offered us a personal look into their future products at CES and we came away quite impressed with what we saw. OLED, particularly White Organic Light Emitting Diode (WOLED) is what the supplier is betting on for its future flagship displays as part of a mission to become the industry leader in displays. There are numerous reasons but chief among them is performance and price and how they relate to each other specifically.

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Apple iPad 3 screen possibly seen, unfortunately turned off

12/30, 4:05pm

iPad 3 screen possibly sighted for first time

Apple's rumored 2048x1536 display for the iPad 3 may have been leaked out for the first time in a forum posting on Korea's Naver. The panel is the same physical size as the existing iPad 2 display but has a third data connector, presumably to feed the four times higher resolution. A Korean appearance points to it likely coming from an LG Display or Samsung Mobile Display factory.

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LG unveils 55-inch OLED TV screen as world's largest

12/25, 10:15pm

LG 55in OLED screen uses white OLED tech

LG Display gave a teaser of its CES plans by setting a record for the world's largest OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV screen. The 55-inch panel uses an oxide thin-film transistor instead of the usual low-temperature polysilicon from smaller OLED screens. Making the switch lets LG keep the costs down and make the much larger screen without necessarily hiking the price.

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