Samsung to produce Retina display panels for the Apple iPad mini 2?

Samsung to produce Retina display panels for the Apple iPad mini 2?
The strangest love affair in history will get even more entangled than thought this year. Yes, we already told you that Samsung would be manufacturing some of Apple's A8 chips along with TSMC. But according to a new report, the two rivals have also agreed to have Samsung produce some of the Retina displays for the Apple iPad mini 2. These are the same two firms that love to duke it out in the courtroom. In fact, the second Apple-Samsung epic patent trial is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, one of the three companies that currently produces the Retina display panels for the iPad mini 2 is said to be bowing out. AUO is believed to be focusing on smartphones instead of tablets and will no longer be producing panels for the Apple slate. The other two current producers of displays for the tablet, LG and Sharp, are both expected to continue to make them. However, the new report speculates that much of Sharp's current production will be replaced by Samsung.

source: ETNews (translated) via GforGames, GSMArena

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iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh

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16 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Is there any way to understand which company has produced the display of mini2?

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You'd probably have to take the device apart and look at the internal labeling of each component which specifies who produced it.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sharp, Au Optronics

16. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

web search.

4. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Samsung earning back the cash they paid Apple after loosing the trial. lol

14. willard12 unregistered

They haven't paid Apple. It's under appeal.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Where is that lampriya touting "retina displays is the best, samsung and others are cheap displays'' LOL.

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Got banned. Btw l'm really miss his ultra fanatical comments.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol that day was fun. Master lampriya lol. But honestly i thought that i would get banned with that kind of comments.

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And they say that other company make poor objects how ironic that their getting parts from these company that they're mocking.

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This goes back to the whole "well China makes your US/Korean smartphones, so don't bash them" - they don't "make" them, they just produce them; based on the design and blueprints tailor made to them by the CLIENT to follow. As much like Samsung, any parts supplier can make a phone when they have the specifications the client company provides them and expects them to build it in the way they fabricate it. So in that regard; Korean/US designed phones manufactured in China still usually beat Chinese phones designed and manufactured in China. There's a quality standard difference.

11. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Did I say china nor Korea ? What did the article specify getting parts to PRODUCE THE DISPLAY. Which is by the way engineered by these company not apple. So before putting a comment or reply make sure you understand what you are reading.

15. willard12 unregistered

The phone is manufactured in Foxconn. If supplying parts was that easy, wouldn't Apple use a company other than Samsung?

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Why can't Apple produce their own displays, aren't [they] a "tech" compaNi?? "Built by Apple, Made by Samsung" ... lol

12. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Exactly why can't they produce them themselves this so called innovative retina display .

13. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I understand it makes good business sense for Samsung to help out Apple. But I really wish they would tell Apple to go fist themselves and let them run into supply issues for all their BS lawsuits and whining. Johnny Ive is the most arrogant @sshole I've ever seen and his "talent" is VERY overrated. All these articles lately talking about how he "gets his inspiration" are just sickening... Like he's some kind of genius God when he's not. He happened to be in the right place at the right time and that's all.

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