According to Bloomberg and iSuppli, Samsung Electronics is the only display supplier using Apple for the new iPad after LG and Sharp failed to exceed the apple’s quality requirements. Samsung is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of liquid crystal displays and apparently Apple’s best amienemigo .
Both companies are facing in the courts halfway around the world in the archaic patent warfare that the industry is experiencing and also compete directly in the market, being Samsung one of the greatest heralds of Android thanks to its line of phones and tablets. However, in business (and especially when we are talking about multinationals) one hand can sign a million-dollar deal while the other stabs you; and the Korean manufacturer is known for also being in charge of the production of the A5X processor in its plant in Austin, Texas, from which the processors of the entire iOS family have come out since the launch of the original iPhone.
According to experts in the field, Apple could have increased its orders to Samsung from 7.8 billion in 2011 to at least 9.7 billion which could rise to 11 billion depending on demand. Meanwhile, the Korea Times reports that an anonymous source at Samsung claims that Apple will release a smaller iPad (perhaps the rumored 7.85-inch iPad ) possibly by the end of the year . I’m not so sure.
Update: Reuters reports that both LG Display Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. are supplying Apple with the third generation iPad Retina displays. The 9.7-inch, 264-dpi resolution panels push a production process known as a-Si TFT to the technological limit, also multiplying the number of LEDs required (the new iPad is believed to include at least 72 LEDs, twice as many as the iPad 2), but in the end it seems that only Sharp is having difficulty getting past the apple’s quality controls.