Apple’s next iPad mini 7.9 inch Retina display will be Samsung-made

Original Author: Shailesh Shrivastava

Tablet PCApple and Samsung have been busy fighting many patent law suits for a long time, but when it comes to bringing a new device in the market, Apple always finds a reliable supplier in Samsung. A new report suggests that Samsung Display will supply high-resolution Retina displays to Apple for its upcoming next generation iPad mini.

Apple is expected to launch its next generation iPad mini later this year, and Samsung is expected to ship the Retina displays in the third and fourth quarter of this year.

The new iPad mini will sport 7.9 inch Retina display with 2048×1539 pixel resolution. The quality and resolution of the display will be the same as of the current full-size iPad.

According to a report published by a Korean news website, ET News, Samsung is also going to supply 9.7 inch Retina displays with narrow bezel for Apple’s fifth generation iPad.

Apple, reportedly, had been facing supply and quality issues from its display suppliers such as Sharp and AU Optronics. The report also sees this issue as the biggest reason of Apple turning back to Samsung for display panels even after the ‘supply chain change’ plans of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In January this year, Apple was reported to be slashing the supply of 9.7 inch display panels from LG by 50 percent.

“Apple has reportedly decided to cut shipments for its 9.7-inch iPad products in the first quarter to as low as six million units, down from Apple’s originally estimated 12-15 million units, due to increasing popularity among consumers for the iPad mini,” a DigiTimes report said, citing unnamed sources.

However, the ET News report now suggests that LG Display had been continuously increasing its supply to Apple. LG Display is expected to be the first display panel supplier, but once Samsung Display starts shipping the panels, the competition between these two companies is going to be intense.

A report from App Advice had earlier suggested that the Retina display panels will be produced by Taiwan’s AU Optronics. “The 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536, 324 ppi display panel that will be mounted on the iPad mini 2 is said to be already set for pilot production by AU Optronics,” the report stated. In addition, iPad mini 2 is speculated to feature an A5X dual-core processor as its quad-core graphics unit will be able to power the device’s Retina screen.

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