Apple typically keeps the names of its various suppliers close to its big hairy chest, but a source of The Wall Street Journal reckons the Cupertino crew is lining up Japanese manufacturer Sharp for some iPad and iPhone action.
Indeed, said source claims that Sharp already provides LCD panels for the iPhone, and will do so for the next generation of iDevices.
The source goes on to suggest that the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 will arrive at some point next year - space year 2012AD. To be fair, my mum could probably tell you that.
One of Apple’s key suppliers is currently Samsung, and the two are locked in a series of bitter patent disputes across the globe. However, Mizuho Investors Securities analyst, Nobuo Kurahashi, reckons “it would be a stretch” to think that the legal battles would affect Apple’s choice of supplier.
In fact, Samsung’s COO and President, Lee Jae-yong, said last month that he’d had discussions with Apple’s chief exec, Tim Cook, about extending their current deal. Very mature of you, boys.
The Pad 3 rumours will inevitably go into overdrive as we head into the new year. It’s expected that the next iPad will have an almost-Retina 2048x1536 display, with an early 2012 release.
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