NPD: Innolux to replace Samsung for Apple iPad mini displays

NPD: Innolux to replace Samsung for Apple iPad mini displays
According to the Taipei Times, NPD DisplaySearch Greater China region vice president David Hsieh expects to see Samsung exiting as a provider of displays for the Apple iPad mini. The paper quotes the executive as saying, "Innolux and China's Century Display will receive certificates for product qualification [from Apple] to supply [touch panels] for the iPad mini." That fits in with a comment made earlier in the week by Yang Chiu-lien, head of Innolux's touch panel division, who said that the company will provide screens for tablets and smartphones with a focus on producing and shipping 7 inch glass before the end of the year. The company already is an Apple vendor, selling touchscreens for the full-sized Apple iPad.

Innolux is also hoping to sell screens with its touch-on-display technology by the end of this year. This technology would allow Apple to eliminate some of the problems it has been experiencing with its in-cell technology on the Apple iPhone 5. Another report says that Apple has not submitted a request to Samsung Display for price quotes on its components. That would leave LG Display, Sharp, Japan Display and AU Optronics as Apple's suppliers for screens for the Apple iPad and the Apple iPad mini.

It does make common sense for Apple to turn elsewhere for some of its parts. By buying components and screens from Samsung, Apple is contributing to the financial welfare of a major rival. In a way, Apple is funding the products that it is competing with. Another reason for the Cupertino based firm to drop Samsung as a vendor is to prevent the Korean based company from gaining inside knowledge about its devices. Based on ordering patterns, Samsung could discern what Apple is thinking about certain of its devices.

source: TaipeiTimes, DigiTimes via AppleInsider

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18 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

iPad mini with Retina. WRU? Need one prz.

8. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Hopefully the price of the revamped mini 2 stays the same. If the galaxy note 8.0 price rumors are true, then I would prefer the mini 2.

2. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Switching from Samsung: Simple mistake. Switching to Apple: Eternal mistake.

4. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well said agree+1 to you ™®

5. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Thank you, sir B-)

18. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

switch to samsung : eternal lag

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yea washed out and laggy stutters 190 ppi outdated Slow Cpu and Gpu, cant watch yahoo and download says flash requires, lags when playing Youtube desktop 1080P videos, what a joke even the iPad3,4 is much better. Big mistake buying this, i wont look cool nor trendy or show of with this, will be selling mine buying the Nexus 7 upcoming new one or iPad4.™®

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31079; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gs4 or note 3???

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

S4 N3 iP5.4s One X Sony Z oPpo5 Optimus G L928 Are all great devices love them all!!!!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31079; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 bro

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31079; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple should distance itself from Samsung, if they're gonna be rivals. The downside is their products could take a quality hit, Sammy makes good components, but it's gotten so bad between those two that its time for distance.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's what I'm worried about. Samsung is the best in mobile chips right now, if Apple moves away from them we might see that fluidity of iOS go away, especially if iOS 7 takes a big step forward. Samsung and LG are arguably the best in mobile displays, if Samsung is out of the picture, will we see a drop in quality in that field as well?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31079; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do u see them ever making up?

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not without one of them burying the other in cash.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31079; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man that's deep yo. And you're probably rite too, it's gotten that bad. +1

11. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Why doesn't apple just build factories in the USA and allow americans to build the iPads. It's clear they are switching to china because cheaper manufacturing costs. It has nothing to do with Samsung.

12. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

They arent just outsourcing to a different country dude. Their products are made completely by other companies. Its no solely about cost.

16. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

you thumbed me down when you don't know what your talking about. they outsource because its cheaper. again apple moved manufacturing outside the us because its cheaper for them and it allows them to pocket more money they have a huge offshore account and will probably never bring that money in, for obvious reasons.

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