Innolux Will Help Make The iPad Mini 2’s Touch Panel [Rumor]

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A new report suggests that the next iPad mini will be getting a new touch panel supplier, and guess what? It’s not Samsung.

According to David Hsieh, NPD DisplaySearch Greater China’s VP, the next iPad mini will have touch panels that came, at least in part, from Innolux.

According to the Taipei Times:

South Korea’s LG Display Co and Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp (友達光電) are the major touch panel suppliers for the iPad Mini, NPD DisplaySearch Greater China region vice president David Hsieh (謝勤益) said.

“Innolux and China’s Century Display (深超光電) will receive certificates for product qualification [from Apple] to supply [touch panels] for the iPad Mini,” Hsieh said.

Innolux said on Tuesday that it plans to ship its first touch panels for smartphones and tablets using its touch-on-display technology by the end of this year.

Innolux is a pretty obvious contender for doing iPad mini displays: they already help provide touch panels for the larger iPad.

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