Last year it was reported that Apple would switch from their reliance on their biggest competitor, Samsung, for their displays and shift to others like LG Display or AU Optronics. Well folks, it seems that Apple is considering new contracts with Samsung for displays in the future.
Korean site ETNews.com is reporting that Apple would resume purchasing LCD's from Samsung Display, as the South Korean giant are better equipped to keep up with Apple's high demand:
As the thin glass process was adopted to the production of touchscreen panels, the related industry is expected to show stiff growth every year - there are very few Japanese or Taiwanese competitors in the thin glass market.
The industry is guessing that one of the reasons Apple decided to come back to Samsung Display is because of the thin glass. Samsung Display's thin glass vendors have made a very visible growth in the industry, because Samsung Display, unlike LG Display, relies on its vendors for most of the thin glass processes.
It's an interesting twist of events, as it falls in line with Apple preparing their fifth-generation iPad, and sixth-generation iPhone. The latest reports peg Apple to start production of the new iPhone next month, with the fifth-generation iPad to begin production the month after, in July.