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]