Samsung all but confirms it is not the only supplier for the new iPad's Retina Display

Samsung all but confirms it is not the only supplier for the new iPad's Retina Display
Samsung's Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun has commented on reports about the firm's alleged exclusivity as a Retina Display supplier for the new iPad. The translation from Korean reads: ``It’s a matter of allocation. There is no only supplier in the world. Samsung is just supplying displays to Apple, initially".

Make of it what you will, but these sentences can be taken as strong evidence that, even if it were only Samsung for the initial batches, the rumored LG and Sharp supply will be entering the stage as well.

Samsung's biggest rival in Korea and the Japanese reportedly had issues making enough panels with the required quality, so their share in the 9.7" Retina Display production is expected to kick in next month. When iFixit tore down the new iPad recently, they indeed found a part number on the screen that hints at it being a Samsung creation.

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1. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Samsung never produced IPS panels, so it's hard to believe that Samsung has developed IPS production line just for Apple. Instead it is actually possible that Apple uses Samsung's brand new PLS technology, which is very similar to IPS and supports very high resolutions and pixel densities + easier to manufacture, while LG produces iPhone4 IPS Retina screens but at first were unable to deliver such quantities for iPad 3. Just a thought, never checked for real...

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

PLS is just a fancy way of saying IPS Look at the underlying display technology

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

There are many articles online where a 'new' ipad is dismantled and the serial coding on the screens back all indicate its a samsung panel. Its funny as the only noticeable change to the ipad was actually made by samsung,then Reviewers from PA and others give apple credit for it and Apple claim we've improved our screen' we've made it 'resolutionary'. Ifans claiming here in a sheep fashion that apple 'engineered and produced' the screen have gone quite

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

So if the new ipad has a Samsung screen then why the hate on the new ipad?..

5. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

jealous, dud. the apple haters don't know, samsung is the best apple fanboy. they copied the design, the techology, the marketing system from apple. samsung obsessed to be number one company like apple. it's too far away, samsung, your product are craps.

6. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Yet Samsung's products are better than Apple's products.

9. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

your partially right and if something works why not use it and improve on it. That's what Japan, and Korea does. China and Taiwan is quickly following suit.

10. ToneDef

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

If Samsung's products are crap why is Apple using those Samsung creations and technologies?

8. stealthd unregistered

I know this is hard to believe for someone with no technology expertise such as yourself, but regardless of who makes the individual part, it still takes a significant amount of engineering on Apple's part to actually make it work. They don't just give Foxconn a list of parts and say "make this work". It's kind of pathetic how you've tried to jump all over this minor detail that no one actually cares about, just another indication of how much an obsessed fanboy you are.

7. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

What would Apple do without do without Sammy although they hate em but they just cant live without em. Apple relies on companies like Samsung.

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