Apple Turns to Samsung Following Issues With LG Display Panels for iPad 2



Apple has reportedly turned to Samsung and Chimei Innolux for iPad 2 displays having suspended orders from LG Display due to quality issues.

According to industry sources speaking to DigiTimes, not only was LGD unable to meet Apple’s July order of 1 million units, but its displays also failed Apple’s requirements during quality testing which say the backlight units fail. Apple has now turned to other suppliers, namely Samsung and Chimei Innolux, to supply iPad 2 display panels.

However, DigiTimes is quick to note the recent disputes between Apple and Samsung over its Galaxy Tab 10.1 — which just got the device banned in Europe and previously Australia — and suggests this may only be a temporary solution:

However, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has head-on competition with the Apple iPad 2 in the end market. This would prevent Apple from sourcing more panels from Samsung, the sources added.

CMI, however, is an affiliate of Foxconn, which means it could secure itself a deal with Apple thanks to those already in place with the leading manufacturer of the iPad 2. Though sources do claim that if LGD can resolve its quality issues, Apple would continue to use its displays.

[via The Next Web]

  • Doron Assness

    doesn’t apple hate samsung??

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  • MoeKr

    Don’t forget the Samsung screens have their own problems (search “iPad 2 Light Leak”). I’ve had 3 replacements from Apple with this very issue and am still waiting for a good replacement. This sounds like an “out of the frying pan and into the fire” situation to me.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    I thought it was the LG displays with the light leakage? My iPad 2 leaks light. It bugs the shit out of me since my 2 iPad 1’s never did that.