Apple switching from Samsung to Sharp display panels for the new iPad in the summer, might thin the tablet

Apple switching from Samsung to Sharp display panels for the new iPad in the summer, might thin the tablet
Sharp's IGZO display technology, although reportedly superior to the current panels in the new iPad, wasn't nearly as ready for the millions of sales that the iPad produces when the tablet got announced.

Now Apple seems to be content with the IGZO yields from Sharp, and Foxconn even bought a stake in the Japanese firm, in order to facilitate its position as Cupertino's chief assemblyman.

Supply chain sources are saying that Apple will switch over the summer to 50% Sharp IGZO screens, from 60-70% Samsung-made Resolutionary panels now in the new iPad, with the bulk of the rest going to LG.

The sources also indicate that the new iPad with Sharp-made display will be thinner and with better battery life, all valid upgrades considering the screen specs that the IGZO technology makes possible. We take it with a grain of salt about the slimmer design and improved battery, though, as that would irk those who bought the non-IGZO iPads, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for the eventual tide of iOS tablets with Sharp-ened displays.

source: Digitimes

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1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

CAUTION:Another lawsuit from samsung.

5. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

samsung is not like

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I wonder what sales slogan they could use for these new I pad screens seeing as they have already thrown 'resolutionary' around everywhere for the current screens?!

3. tkvdog

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Does Apple Make Anything? Samsung does they go from desighn to manufacturing so sick of hearing about apple when they make nothing did i say nothing? in the iphone/ipad/everthing they sell' all made by others gimme a break.+there ios opperating system sucks.

6. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I don't like Apple but i have to admit that they are the one who design & made the concept of what components (processor & display) will be used on their products, much like an Architect, and then let others figure it out and materialized it. Say Samsung, who acts like Engineer / Contractor will who will bring their concepts into reality. There you go.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thank u Mitchell very well said. Some just don't get it.

20. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

They do to a point. This display is Sharp's display for the iPad. It was comissioned by apple, but apple writes numbers and draws stuff and people do it. The processors are usually Apple's designs, but the screens are designed and developed by the respective companies with imput from Apple. With some things samsung, LG, etc. are contracters, but in this case, this is Sharp's screen that fits the iPad.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They make nothing, and their os sucks... and yet they're still the #1 company on earth, with the number one selling phone, and tablet.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Google's new tablet is made by Asus. Does that bother you as well? When you go to the grocery store the employees there didn't milk the cows themselves. Is that also an issue for you?

14. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Because Google is a software company. Apple on the other hand prides themselves in being the only company that "makes" both the hardware and software, yet all their parts (the screen, the processor) are from outsourcing, like Samsung and now Sharp. Yes, you don't go to a grocery store and expect the employess to milk the cows themselves, but when they put up a giant sign that says "Fresh Milk straight from the cow", you either expect it to be "Fresh straight from the cow" or they're lying.

15. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Oh taco, After long time I heard a logical comments from you. Keep it up.

4. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple's Patent Wars on Samsung is very sick I never touch any more Apple products again no matter how good it is.

16. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

welcome to the real world... that's a very nice decision. thousand + for you.

7. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

One thing for sure, Apple will not sue Google directly, instead they will sue Samsung or HTC for infringing their "f*cking patents*.. Mark my words.

21. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

You are correct. Apple could not take on Google and have hope of winning. Apple's lawyers know that google has too much power to mess with (youtube, search, etc.).

8. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Heh must be on purpose.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow a better ipad.. is like Christmas for me.

17. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

Sharp blows.

18. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i think samsung will come up with a better alternative so apple would not look for another manufacturer. after all they cannot afford to loose their biggest customer, or else their stocks would go down again. samsung better make apple happy with your displays or "an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo" and yokoso to sharp!

19. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

the stuid thing thing is if the different ipads that have different screens are different thicknes than companies might have to make different covers and other docks or what ever that work with both or make two different kinds for the same product and the consumer of the average kind wont even know wich ipad that they have untill i guess they try out one of these products.

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