Apple is turning to both long-time manufacturing partner Sharp and long-time “frenemy” Samsung to help build the displays for its eagerly-anticipated 12.9-inch giant-sized iPad Pro, according to a new report.
Sharp is said to have provided a small test batch of the enormous 264ppi, 2,732×2,048 displays in June, which met with Apple’s high production standards. However, Cupertino is also said to have given Samsung a back-up role building screen panels — suggesting that Apple is expecting big things with this next-gen device. Pun intended.
The report also notes that LG also made a bid for the display manufacturing role, although it came in in third-place due to yield issues.
The report finally mentions that the new tablet will make its debut either late this year, or early 2016 — slightly later than Apple usually releases its new iPad models.
This news follows one from earlier today hinting that the iPad Pro could conceivably run OS X El Capitan alongside iOS.