Samsung Reportedly Becomes Primary iPad Display Supplier as Next-Generation iPad Mini Grows Closer

According to a new report from market research company NPD DisplaySearch as related by CNET, Samsung has supplied more 9.7-inch panels for the fourth-generation iPad in recent months than any other Apple supplier, including longtime partners LG and Sharp.

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Apple, in fact, has been boosting purchases of displays from Samsung since January, according to the market analyst. Apple got about 2.3 million units from Samsung in the first quarter. That figure jumped about 80 percent quarter-to-quarter to more than 4.1 million units in the second quarter, according to DisplaySearch.

The report also claims that Samsung, LG, and Japan Display will also begin supplying 7.9-inch panels for the next-generation iPad mini, although it declines to state whether the displays will be of Retina resolution or not. A Wall Street Journal story last week stated that the next-generation iPad mini is indeed likely to feature a high-resolution display from Samsung, with screens also being supplied from LG and Sharp. The next-generation iPad mini is expected to launch sometime in the fall.

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. But it has been reported for several months now that Apple is returning to Samsung as a display supplier due to its technological advantages and production capacity.

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Top Rated Comments

Ursadorable Avatar
143 months ago
Samsung makes some great products, a shame about their shady business practices though. I'm glad Apple swallows their pride and chose the best parts for their products regardless of the vendor.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
143 months ago
Good - their displays are the best around and we shouldn't let a playground grudge affect the quality of the products.

That aside, I still can't seem to silence my inner fanboy which is yelling "Noooooooooooooo!!!!"
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
topmounter Avatar
143 months ago
what's an ipad mini?

It is the Nexus7's more expensive and lower resolution competitor.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TWSS37 Avatar
143 months ago
If you have ever posted a negative comment about Samsung and continue to support the company by purchasing a product that uses Samsung components in an Apple product, I think you should be forced to disclose that conflict in your signature line. ;)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DBZmusicboy01 Avatar
143 months ago
Samsung and Apple are acting like an old couple
They argue millions of times but still get along.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pscl Avatar
143 months ago
i see the next samsung advertising:

"even apple uses our bright clear sharp galaxy display" :)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)