Think Apple is free from Samsung after defeating it yet again in court for
flat out copying the iPhone infringing on several Apple patents? Think again!
In fact, when it comes to the iPad Apple is more reliant on Samsung than ever, according to a new report which suggests that the South Korean tech giant became the largest supplier of iPad displays in the first quarter of 2014.
Samsung’s status as top iPad display panel supplier mean that it shipped approximately 5.2 million units of 9.7-inch panels with a resolution of 2,048×1,536: accounting for whopping 62% of total shipments of that display size and resolution, which is used by Apple for the iPad Air and iPad with Retina display.
LG Display, which is also a major display supplier to Apple, saw its share of that display size/resolution fall from 61% to 38% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
And that’s not all. Despite Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC’s) expected role as the supplier of Apple’s next generation A series processor, Samsung is not yet out of the running — and Apple could still source its so-called A8 processor from the Korean tech giant, along with processors beyond the A8.