Apple and Samsung’s public affairs paint an image of discord between the two bitter rivals, but the Korean company is now in the mix to produce displays for Apple’s iPad mini lineup.
" />

Apple taps Samsung for additional iPad mini displays

ipad-mini-retina-7

Apple and Samsung’s public affairs paint an image of discord between the two bitter rivals, but, despite countless allegations of patent infringement being flung by both sides, Cupertino often depends on its Korean competitor to source vital components for products like the iPhone and iPad. The latest report states that Samsung is now in the mix to produce displays for Apple’s iPad mini lineup.

Apple contracts three companies to handle production of displays for its iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. They are Sharp, LG, and AU Optronics. Today’s report states that Apple plans to drop AUO while reducing its reliance on Sharp, tasking Samsung with making up the difference.

While Samsung could have a definite (likely positive) impact on the quality and performance of displays in future iPad mini models, their involvement would be limited to producing components to Apple’s specifications. The maker of Android-based smartphones and tablets would have little to no influence otherwise on the overall design and direction of future devices.

It should be noted that this is not the first time Samsung has worked cooperatively to produce components for an Apple device. The company has previously been called upon to produce Apple’s A-series processors, and rumors of negotiations toward iPad mini display production date back to the summer of 2013.

[via ETNews]

Continue reading:

TAGS: