All eyes are on Apple and its supply chain this month as rumors regarding its upcoming iPad begin to ramp up. The company is expected to unveil its new tablet sometime between now and early March of this year.

The latest chatter to come out of overseas component manufacturers is that Apple is looking to order in upwards of 65 million iPad 3 displays in 2012. And a recent report suggests that LG and Samsung are going to be splitting the bounty…

Korea’s Electronic Times is reporting that LG and Samsung will be manufacturing the display panels for Apple’s upcoming iPad. The news directly contradicts an earlier report from Macotakara claiming that Sharp was set to be the tablet’s panel supplier.

Here’s an excerpt from the report:

“Sharp has competed with Samsung electronics and LGD Display over the development of display panels for the iPad 3, but reportedly failed to pass Apple’s approval process for mass production. Sharp has worked on developing high resolution panels on the basis of oxide semiconductor TFTs.”

For what it’s worth, Electronic Times maintains the rumor that the panels in question are of the XQGA variety with a hefty resolution of 2048 x 1546. It also echoes other chatter we’ve heard that the tablet is in production and set for a Q1 debut.

We’re obviously far more concerned with the tablet itself than who makes it, but you gotta feel for Sharp. If there’s any truth to this story, the Tokyo-based company just lost out on one of the biggest part orders of the year because it couldn’t get its act together. Ouch.


  • No complaints here. Samsung seems to make better displays for Apple products than LG does.

    • Jon Garrett

      Samsung makes better displays period. Super Amoled Plus is amazing.

  • I just hope that Apple will put enough graphics processing power in it to handle that huge resolution only then I’ll buy it.

    • Anonymous

      why is not enough for you?

      • not enough is graphics in iPhone 4 as it uses same graphics chip as iPhone 3GS but has four times more pixels.
        If they put same graphics chip as iPad 2 has then its not enough.

      • Anonymous

        I have an IPAD 2 and grephics are much better that iphone 4

  • Thats because ipad2 is about 10 times faster than iPhone 4 when it comes to graphics.

  • Jon Garrett

    “We’re obviously far more concerned with the tablet itself than who makes it”

    really? lol.

  • And no wonder apple thinks Samsung devices are like there’s…..they make your screens ….stupid Apple..