The crown jewel of Apple’s new iPad is without question the device’s Retina Display. Going back a few months, a number of reports claimed that both Sharp and LG would be responsible for handling manufacturing duties on the new display, but now that the new iPad is officially out of the bag, word has emerged that Samsung remains Apple’s sole display supplier after both Sharp and LG failed to meet Apple’s quality control requirements.
Samsung, the world’s top flat-panel maker, currently is the sole vendor of the display for the 9.7-inch device, said Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli, a unit of Englewood, Colorado-based IHS Inc.
This of course comes as Apple and Samsung continue to sue the pants off of each other in a number of jurisdictions around the globe.
“The display specifications on the new iPad are very demanding in terms of the very high resolution,” Jakhanwal said in an e-mail. “Achieving this high resolution without compromising on the power consumption and brightness and maintaining Apple’s quality standards are supposedly proving to be a challenge for LG Display and Sharp.”