Kick in the glass: Innolux gets nod to supply glass for Amazon phone, AUO loses Apple iPad mini gig
Things are looking up for Innolux. Earlier Thursday, we told you that according to the Taipei Times, NPD DisplaySearch executive David Hsieh has passed along the word that Innolux is replacing Samsung Display as a provider of panels for the Apple iPad mini. The two new jobs should help Innolux make up for prior years of red ink.
Retina-class panels based on oxide TFT. The company does not have the technology to do so, and in addition, has had a hard time reaching a decent yield with the production of the current screen. This led to delays in shipping the glass in the fourth quarter. Although the company has improved yields on the 7.9 inch panel, without the technology to produce Retina display panels using the oxide TFT technology, LG Display is expected to be the main supplier of the panels for the next Apple iPad mini. AUO's production of screens will now go to Sharp.
The oxide TFT display is supposed to use less battery power than currently produced TFT glass, improving a device's battery life. And since it uses fewer LEDs, it should also make a device lighter.
source: DigiTimes (1), (2)
1. hung2900 (Posts: 858; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
I can predict that Apple has to come back to Samsung again.
6. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Samdung steals IP. Why would Apple give Samdung more chances to steal.
You know the say, fool me once shame on you, but fool me twice shame on me.
2. Aeires (unregistered)
AUO had to of known this was a short term deal, just about everyone who knows anything about the iPad Mini knew it was getting a retina display in the second or third iteration. Hopefully they made enough money from Apple to invest in their R&R department, but a large part of me doubts that.
3. cezarepc (Posts: 648; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Apple will need to wait a couple more years before other manufacturers can match Samsung's delivery (yield% and quantity).
5. darkkjedii (Posts: 14488; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'm not sure about that, if apples leaving them you can bet they'd have their ducks in a row. LG, and Sharp are pretty capable.