Apple relies on Samsung more than ever for iPad displays

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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.

(Korean language)

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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