Apple taps LG and AU Optronics for iPad Mini displays – Report

Sat, Sep 1, 2012

News, Rumors

Following a report that Sharp was struggling to get its iPhone 5 display production up and running, it now appears that Apple may have learned its lesson. Bloomberg is reporting that when it comes to Apple’s anticipated iPad Mini, the Cupertino-based company has tapped LG and AU Optronics to provide the displays.

Apple will use screens from AU Optronics Corp. and LG Display Co. for a smaller version of the iPad to be released in October, according to four people familiar with the plans. TPK Holding Co. and Yeh Cheng Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, will supply the lamination coating for the device that will measure 7.85 inches diagonally, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public…

Offering a smaller tablet may help Apple hold onto share of a market it dominates in the face of new devices from Inc. and Microsoft Corp. The orders will mark the first time AUO, a maker of panels for Apple’s MacBooks and Sony Corp. TVs, is supplying screens for Apple handheld devices.

While some initially believed Apple would be announcing its new iPhone and a new iPad model at the same event in September, recent reports suggest that the iPad Mini will be the recipient of its own event sometime in October.

“With a new iPhone and a new, diminutive iPad in the pipeline, Apple has two opportunities to commandeer the tech news cycle ahead of the annual holiday shopping binge and it’s going to take them both,” All Things D reported just a week ago.



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