Ever since Apple and Samsung’s major lawsuit hit the $1 billion mark last summer we’ve heard nothing but negative reports regarding the two companies’ relationship with each other. One article after another speculated that Cupertino would opt for Sharp and AU Optronics for its next iPad mini displays, and shift to other manufacturers like TSMC and even Intel for the processors. Turns out, the relationship may not be that bad after all.
A report at ET News today states that Apple has dropped AUO from its list of display suppliers and will choose Samsung once again to produce the majority of screens for the second generation 7.9″ tablet.
Last year, AUO started to supply panels to Apple thanks to its price competitiveness. However, it could not convince Apple, as it failed to meet the supply deadlines or to develop an LCD with high penetration rate. Also, the improved relationship between Samsung Display and Apple seems another factor for AOU being dropped. “Samsung Display is known to have developed an LCD sample for iPad mini 2. The company may be able to secure more order than Sharp did, if it can stabilize production yields”, said a person from the LCD industry.
With talks of settlement between the two tech giants having been mooted recently, it’s surely a positive sign that the two companies could be keen on kissing and making up after all. Don’t hold your breath though, as far as we know, this is just speculation and we won’t know anything for sure until we see a teardown of the next iPad mini.