iPad Air 2 mockup (TLD Today 001)

Samsung Display, Samsung’s display unit and part of the company’s component-making arm, will supply Apple with high-resolution panels for an upcoming second-generation iPad Air and a rumored “iPad Pro”which is understood to feature a 12.9-inch screen, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday morning citing Korean-news outlet inews24.

Although the Cupertino firm’s been distancing itself from the South Korean conglomerate amid ad wars and legal spats, the Galaxy maker is still an important supplier for Apple. And with its leading position in mobile screen production, Samsung is best poised to ensure that Apple has ample supply of high-resolution panels for the iPad Air 2 and the rumored iPad Pro.

“Samsung will reportedly dedicate most supply from a 5G Plane to Line Switching (PLS) line to Apple and begin making shipments before the end of 2014,” claims DigiTimes.

The report goes on to note that rival LG Display, also an Apple supplier and an exclusive provider of Apple Watch screens, dedicates about two-thirds of its mobile screen output to Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch orders.

As a result of the Apple contract, LG Display is expected to see operating profits increase an astounding 292 percent in the second half of 2014 compared to the first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSDAjwKI8Wo

There’s no point denying that Samsung makes the best mobile screens in the world. Apple’s mobile devices still use LCD technology rather than Samsung’s AMOLED (except for the Apple Watch), the fact the South Korean firm continues to exploit successfully in its tablet advertising centered around the Galaxy Tab S’s and S5’s Super AMOLED screen.

The rumor mill is expecting the iPad Air 2 with a thinner chassis, Touch ID and Apple Pay support and possibly a faster variant of the A8 processor with 2GB of RAM, doubling the 1GB of RAM on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

As for the mythical iPad Pro, that tablet should come with an ultra high-resolution panel, support for split-screen multitasking and a speedier A8X chip to drive those pixels.

[DigiTimes]

  • Agru

    Why not iPad plus?

    • It probably will be named plus but this is just speculation for now.

      • @dongiuj

        Confirmed speculation?

      • speculation of speculation?

      • Agru

        speculation should be accurate too 🙂

      • Well that depends on who its coming from.

    • Fanboy 

      iPad Air Pro Plus? and the new iPad Pro Plus Mini. Lol

      • Agru

        no, as i said, just ipad plus!

  • Rowan09

    Is this saying the Pro is going to use OLED screens now or Samsung is just going to be another supplier like before for LCD screens?

    • I don’t think so, Samsung has still been providing LCDs to Apple for quite some time now. Even LG and Sharp displays have been used.

      • Rowan09

        Got you.

  • @dongiuj

    12.9″ iPad….bring it ON!

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Yep! If you set the price points correctly that would be great for business’s and students!

  • Adam

    So the iPad will probably have 2GB of RAM. Really? How can a cheaper device have more RAM than a $1,000 dollar phone? Apple, you make no sense.

    • Dan

      I really doubt it will

    • Rowan09

      The iPad Pro or whatever it will be called most likely will have 2GB since it’s coming out next year. I think the iPad Air 2 might have more RAM as well.

    • It makes capitalist sense; why pay the cost of more RAM when we can sell millions with minimal RAM?

      • Mark Choi

        Of course it can. How about knowing what you’re talking about before posting? Is that really so hard?

      • “How about knowing what you’re talking about before posting? Is that really so hard?”

        Do your research and take your own advice newbie, here’s a good place for you to start (http://bit. ly/18EUuv7)…welcome to 2014 BTW.

      • Mark Choi

        Do your own. There is a BIG difference between RAM and Flash (NAND) storage. Most all Android devices come with between 512MB and 1GB of RAM. While the Galaxy Tab has 1.5 GB, and the S4/5 has between 1 and 2, regardless of storage size. This includes Android phones listed as anywhere between 8 and 64 or more GB.
        Moreover, because of how Android works, it needs FAR more RAM smoothly to run than iOS.
        Furthermore, the idea that 1GB is not enough to run “true multi-tab browsing” just shows you don’t know what you’re talking about. Even OS X, with a MUCH heavier memory footprint for the core OS, can have multiple tabs in 1GB.
        What you appear to be fumbling around trying to troll about is iOS’ tab implementation, that keeps tabs stored in NAND until they are loaded rather than in RAM. This has a grain of truth, but your explanation for why this is just evinces your ignorance. iOS implements tabs this way NOT to conserve RAM due to memory shortages, FTMP, but rather due to power consumption issues. The more tabs open and active in RAM, the more power needs to be consumed, both to keep those tabs active, via swapping memory, as well as to continue to process code in background tabs. Doing so causes significant battery drain, with minimal speed advantages, and Apple has chosen to fall on the side of better battery life. Android has mostly (well, Chrome) chosen to fall on the other, sacrificing battery life for insignificant speed bumps. There is a reason that task managers are constantly one of the biggest categories of apps in Google Play: because you need the ability to manage and kill processes just to keep the phone running smoothly. Almost no one running iOS even care about these issue.
        As to “true split-screen multitasking, first, there is nothing “true” about it. It either does or does not, and this is a UI issue, NOT an OS issue. There is nothing in iOS preventing it, and no need for additional RAM in order to implement it, either.
        Apple has chosen not to do it in small screen form factor devices for there own reasons, that have NOTHING to do with RAM usage, and most likely will implement some sort of similar UI solution in the new software on the larger screen devices.
        Whether you like that or not, it is NOT a technology-limited issue.
        If anything, the fact that Android is restricted, for both hardware and software reasons, to 32 bit CPUs for the foreseeable future, has far more of an impact than the false RAM issues you keep bleating about.

      • “There is a BIG difference between RAM and Flash (NAND) storage”

        Now you just seem to be playing the asinine bait switch game, where the f*ck did I make (or imply) that they are the same you iDiot? I shouldn’t even bother reading any further than this…

        “Most all Android devices come with between 512MB and 1GB of RAM”

        Clearly you are comparing a flagship priced phone to them cheapass Android phones. First off, that’s just asinine, second off, if you weren’t, and you actually did your research, you’ll realize that flagship Android phones have been coming with at least 2GB of RAM since 2012, while the iPhone was still stuck on 1GB of RAM.

        “Moreover, because of how Android works, it needs FAR more RAM smoothly to run than iOS.”

        SMH, this idiot has no idea of phones like the Galaxy S2 running KikKat smoothly (http://bit. ly/1DAczYG) with the same 1GB of RAM, just ignoramusly parroting what herd master Apple told him…

        “Even OS X, with a MUCH heavier memory footprint for the core OS, can have multiple tabs in 1GB.”

        Yet again proving to be an idiot. Comparing 1GB of RAM reserved for just browsing to 1GB or RAM for running system background services, multiple other apps, AND browsing.

        “but rather due to power consumption issues. The more tabs open and active in RAM, the more power needs to be consumed, both to keep those tabs active, via swapping memory, as well as to continue to process code in background tabs. Doing so causes significant battery drain, with minimal speed advantages, and Apple has chosen to fall on the side of better battery life. Android has mostly (well, Chrome) chosen to fall on the other, sacrificing battery life for insignificant speed bumps. There is a reason that task managers are constantly one of the biggest categories of apps in Google Play: because you need the ability to manage and kill processes just to keep the phone running smoothly. Almost no one running iOS even care about these issue.”

        And how the f*ck do you explain this battery life I keep getting on my OnePlus One equipped with 3GB RAM? Oh right, a new start-up company just happens to have a better idea of how to manage battery than the world’s largest company, and you don’t bother even questioning that, just accepting it as “design” like an ignoramus follower.

        “As to “true split-screen multitasking, first, there is nothing “true” about it. It either does or does not, and this is a UI issue, NOT an OS issue. There is nothing in iOS preventing it, and no need for additional RAM in order to implement it, either.”

        Yeah, no need for RAM ’cause apps crashing in your face is “acceptable” to you…

        “Whether you like that or not, it is NOT a technology-limited issue.”

        Yeah it’s not technology that’s limited, it’s Apple’s overpriced stuff that is. The competition has long proven that.

        “If anything, the fact that Android is restricted, for both hardware and software reasons, to 32 bit CPUs for the foreseeable future, has far more of an impact than the false RAM issues you keep bleating about.”

        Android is restricted to what? The idiot hasn’t even heard of Android Lollipop (64-Bit support, 32-Bit backwards-compatible), nor the new Galaxy S6 (64-Bit 8-core processor). Regardless of that, he further goes on to claim that 64-Bit has a bigger impact than RAM, further proving how naïve he is. Just gonna live this former post here to try and educate you:

        64-Bit is just a more efficient way of enhancing performance (more performance for every Hz of CPU clock frequency). Nothing major in the ARM market over a high-frequency 32-Bit chip, it’s literally just a marketing buzz word as of now, just like them Quad Core and Octa Core terms.

        The increased efficiency reduces the power consumed by the processor, thus improving on battery life. However the thing is, wall hugging has never been a problem for Android phones, only the iPhone. So, no point rushing for the 64-Bit buzz word, at least not until ARM devices start utilizing over 4GB of RAM. Whenever that happens, you’ll still need to buy another device (can’t upgrade the RAM), so, 64-Bit is no selling point in the ARM space yet. Faster processors are always on the way, 64-bit or not.

        I’ve punished my self enough reading your long idiotic response. Not gonna bother replying again, ’cause you clearly just are too naïve to do any research outside the Apple store.

      • Mark Choi

        First, your entire, uninformed argument is BASED on the false equivalence of NAND and DRAM. No one said anything about Samsung in particular, so there is NO assumption that the discussion is about any “flagship device” Moreover, if you did YOUR research, you would find that after allowing for memory space taken up by overhead, especially due to Dalvik, as well as other issues with Android, that the free RAM area of a 2GB Android phone is actually SMALLER than the free RAM area of a 1GB iOS device. Furthermore, any number of ACTUAL tests show that iOS does better with low RAM than Android, due to architectural reasons. This is NOT mitigated much by KitKat, at least relative to iOS that still has better memory management architecture. Your posted video (a YouTube vide as a citation? Really?!) has no bearing on the issue. Talk about “parroting the herd”! (P.S. gotta love people who call other people idiots in the same sentence as using made up words like “ignoramusly” [sic].)

        As to your asinine comment about “comparing 1GB of RAM reserved for just browsing to 1GB or RAM for running system background services, multiple other apps, AND browsing”, um, no now is doing anything of the kind. I made a SPECIFIC comment about OSSX with 1GB of RAM. Not 1GB or RAM reserved for browsing, 1GB of RAM TOTAL. NOTHING prevents iOS or OS X from running multiple tabs in 1GB. Nothing. Period.

        And then you go on to further evince your complete ignorance (as well as inability to read) with your asinine comment about your OnePlus. First, the amount of RAM it has is neither here nor there. Second, the reason the One scores as high as it does on battery tests is NOT Android. And yes, it IS the battery hardware. Funny how you rave about its numbers, when they are actually not that much greater for the things you mention, like video playback, than the iPhone 6, despite the huge battery. There are reasons for this, but apparently that is beyond your capabilities to understand.

        As to your next bit of nonsense, I have had almost no app crash on me, ever, on an old, beaten up, 16GB iPhone 5. Nor my 4S, nor my 3GS. Not that that has ANYTHING to do with the issue of “true split-screen multitasking”. WTH are you babbling about?

        And then there was this idiotic comment:

        “Whether you like that or not, it is NOT a technology-limited issue.”

        Yeah it’s not technology that’s limited, it’s Apple’s overpriced stuff that is. The competition has long proven that.

        First, good that you concede the point (thus admitting that your previous comment wrong). But the “competition” proved no such thing. Apple has the profits it does for a reason, and profits from unit sakes is the only relevant benchmark here.

        And then you go on to highlight your technical ignorance.

        Yes, Lollipop can theoretically run in 64 bit, but what can NOT is Dalvik. So until all the apps on your phone are rewritten in a new software architecture, they will NOT run in 64 bit more, so it is entirely irrelevant what processor is in the phone.

        As for your nonsense about 64bit architectures (as wells misinformed idiotic comments about multicore architectures) nothing you wrote is factually correct. You even contradict yourself! if 64 bit processing allowed for “increased efficiency reduces the power consumed by the processor” then, per se, then it is NOT “literally just a marketing buzz word as of now”.

        Moreover, since essentially NONE of your apps can run in 64 bit mode, you will see NONE of that “increased efficiency”.

        (The idea that multiple CPU cores is nothing but a “marketing buzz word” is so idiotic, it doesn’t even bare replying to.)

        But that said, your whole (clearly paraphrased from other sites you didn’t understand) diatribe about “more efficient way of enhancing performance (more performance for every Hz of CPU clock frequency)” is contradictory to your later claim that there is “no point rushing for the 64-Bit buzz word, at least not until ARM devices start utilizing over 4GB of RAM”. Increased memory footprint is NOT the only advantage of 64-bit CPU architectures, and NOT the only reason they are faster.

  • Fanboy 

    Color displays= The only thing Samsung has been self-innovate at!

    • Being ignoramus = The only thing fanboys have been unparalleled at!

  • Hyr3m

    12.9″ iPad…. Will it bend ?

  • Jason Baroni

    The same screens Shamesung is gonna laugh about on ads.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Haha yeah never thought about that. They mock their own screens lol

      • Jason Baroni

        This is like understanding the beginning of the universe

  • Jamessmooth

    Can’t wait for the ipad “plus”! Now that I have the 6+, it would be nice to have a bigger ipad (and here’s hoping they shrink those bezels).

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Yeah. Those bezels kinda take away from the ux. Galaxy note 4 has a larger screen but it is a smaller device at lower foot print. Cant say anything about the ergonomics though.

  • Manuel Molina

    Money makes enemies become friends it seems when these two companies go at each other

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    I still cant understand how this works. Samsung and apple are the biggest rivals when it comes to smartphones, tablets etc yet samsung makes screens, chips for apple that will help apple make a product that will counter samsungs devices

    • Mohammed Sahib

      The purpose of Samsung, like any other company, is to make money. So why not make money from ~90% of smartphone sales, either by selling full devices or components?!

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    Hope they will add some features to the 12.9 inch ipad and make use of that huge screen. If they just add another row or two of icons then this tablet will be useless

  • iPad Plus: the refrigerator toaster Apple has been denying…

  • thomas

    It better have a usb drive if it wants to be taken seriously

    • Mark Choi

      Why would that be, exactly? Can you name a single thing you can do with a USB drive that I can’t with a NAS device?