The majority of iPad mini screens are made by LG Display, not Samsung

By , Nov 24, 2012

The vast majority of iPad mini units incorporate a 7.9-inch screen manufactured by LG Display, a report out of Asia claims. AU Optronics, another Apple supplier, is said to be responsible for a much smaller portion of orders as it reportedly continues to suffer from poor yields in the production of panels.

The news is another indication of Apple distancing itself from Samsung. Remember, Samsung was originally the primary supplier of Retina screens for the third-generation iPad, until LG Display stole the Apple account in August. The Galaxy maker also lost out on the iPhone 5 front to rival panel makers, although the company still manufactures chips for Apple devices…

The hit-and-miss DigiTimes wrote Saturday that LG Display and AU Optronics shipped about four million panels for the iPad mini in November, per industry sources:

LG Display and AU Optronics have both been pinpointed as the main display suppliers for Apple’s iPad mini. And judging from shipments thus far, LG Display is still supplying most of the panels for the iPad mini.

Screens from LG Display use In-Plane Switch (IPS) technology while those AU Optronics makes are being built with AHVA technology, sources claim. The report goes on to note that Apple sources backlight units for the device from Radiant Opto-Electronics and Coretronic.

Both LG Display and AU Optronics were previously outed as suppliers of iPad mini screens, with China Economic News Service reporting mid-October that AU Optronics was working on fixing manufacturing issues with 7.9-inch panels ahead of September’s iPad mini launch.

Industry observers expect the cumulative shipments of AU Optronics panels for the iPad mini to reach between six and eight million units by the end of 2012 versus the original estimate of about ten million units.

With news of Apple replacing Samsung SDI with alternative suppliers for batteries amid the ongoing legal spat with the Galaxy maker, rumors of Samsung losing Apple chip business in 2014 and talk of Samsung becoming more assertive in Apple price negotiations, it’s clear the iPhone maker no longer wants to fill the pockets of its chief rival in mobile.

Is that a good thing?

Has Apple become too reliant on Samsung technology?

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  • coejam

    iphone never get better like this today ( iphone5 ) without samsung from old days.

    • Lordthree

      To bad samsung went and fuct it all up by ripping them off ehh?

      • Riza

        Sorry i cant put my thumb Up or Down.
        Cos its in real pain after swapping 400 times
        just to find one App.

      • AdamChew

        Mind boggling. never knew someone who had so many apps perhaps most are farts.

      • Riza

        May be you never searched any apps in iOS 6

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        Umm Spotlight?

  • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

    Apple doesn’t split on Samsung because of legal dispute. They do it because they find cheaper options.

    Apple would never spend the time to transfer certain hardware manufacturing accounts away from Samsung if the price of the account would be the exact same. It takes time and time is money.

  • WolfgangHoltz

    I think Samsung need all the displays for their own Galaxy Tab production. So Apple had to find a new supplier.

    • Jim

      That’s a far stretch there. Galaxy Tablets aren’t even popular, just their smartphones. Tablets come down to iPads and iPad Minis. Apple doesn’t want Samsung to know everything they are doing in real time. Also, Samsung holds the cards if most of the production comes from their company. Diversification.

    • VIP

      Wet dreams.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      they wont cause they sell very few of those..

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    LG makes great displays but come on, Samsung displays are amazing. I may not like Android devices therefore I’ll never get their mobile devices but all the TVs in my house are Samsung for a reason.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      the iphone 5 screen looks the best still..

  • JamesR624

    So, that’s why the color gamut is complete shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    who cares its old crappy screen tech from 2007…