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Apple Turning to Samsung as Low Display Yields for Retina iPad Mini Continue

A new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei [Google Translation] (via CNET) has shed light on the production issues surrounding the forthcoming Retina iPad Mini, with Apple now turning to rival Samsung as suppliers Sharp and LG Display have failed to produce an adequate supply of displays for the new tablet.

Apple CEO Tim Cook stated earlier this week during the company's fourth quarter earnings call that that it was “unclear whether we will have enough for the quarter or not,” with a report on Wednesday stating that Sharp’s low yield of displays was reportedly tied to the shortage. ipadminispacegray
It was notably reported back in August that Samsung had become the primary iPad display supplier, as the Korean company along with LG and Japan Display was said to be supplying 7.9-inch panels for the next-generation iPad mini. The Wall Street Journal also commented in July that the Retina iPad mini would use screens from Samsung, LG, and Sharp.

Apple has been reported to be seeking to reduce its reliance on Samsung as a component supplier due to continuing tensions between the two companies as they have increasingly become top competitors in the mobile device market. However, it has been reported for several months now that Apple would be returning to Samsung as a display supplier due to its technological advantages and production capacity.

While supplies of the Retina iPad mini will be constrained, supplies of the iPad Air are expected to be more plentiful, with the company will offer same day in-store pickup for orders of the new full-sized tablet. As noted by Apple during the introduction of the second-generation iPad mini, a Retina display has been one of the most requested features for the smaller iPad since its release last year.

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10 months ago

Samsung is evil.


yet the iphone and ipad is full of evil product.
Rating: 15 Votes
10 months ago
iPad Mini display yields, and the quality of MacRumors page one comments… at least one of them is improving.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
Why is Apple simply not recognizing that they cannot get rid of Samsung as a supplier

these past years, all new product shortages have proven that current suppliers are not as reliable as Samsung

if Apple wasn't so stubborn, sales would have been much higher and customers not so disappointed about shortages :mad:
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago

Samsung is evil.


Genocide is evil.
Seriously. :rolleyes:

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And that's the reason why Samsung are evil.
Copy after release, that's bad.
Copy by being frienemy, that's evil.


You really have absolutely no clue what evil is, do you?
How sad and what a frightening thought.
Artists have been copying/drawing inspiration from other artists for millennia.
Are they evil? :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago

I really don't like Samsung, and in general, I'm really glad that Apple is moving away from them as a parts supplier.

That said, they provide Apple with better displays than the other manufacturers, so Apple should keep using them. Preferably increasing the percentage of Samsung displays in their products.


To be honest it would be good if there was another company that could provide the quality and quantity that apple requires.

Sadly Apple is dependent on suppliers for their hardware.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Another thread with Samsung in it, another thread with mindless hatred.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Good. I don't care where they come from, but I don't want to wait 1-2 months before my order ships
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Again. Please start making your own displays, Apple! Put a tiny fraction of that $150B to work.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

Again. Please start making your own displays, Apple! Put a tiny fraction of that $150B to work.


Money doesnt buy experience - you cant just instantly learn best practice of how to do some specialist task like high yield production of precision products like an LCD screen just because you have money. It would take 5 - 10 years to build up enough experience to meet Samsung's current level. And, as the past few years have shown, building LCD screens is a low profit ultra competitive industry where even the big Japanese players who have been at it for decades took massive losses and eventually exited the business. To put cash reserves into such an industry would be a very bad business decision - high risk and very low return.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

Time for apple to pony up big to Samsung


Apple is basically paying Samsung the settlement they lost to apple

that's a different division of Samsung. What your implying is childish
Rating: 4 Votes

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