Apple Apparently Working with Hitachi and Sony for 4-inch iOS Device

Apple has reportedly teamed up with Hitachi and Sony to get 4-inch LCD displays for an undisclosed iOS device that will suppose to release in 2012. At the same time, reports are surfacing that Apple is intended to design a fundamentally unique display technology for its future iPad 4.

The Japanese website macotakara.jp while quoting sources close to Apple’s Far Eastern supply chain reports that Hitachi Displays Ltd and Sony Mobile Display Corporation have already started shipping 4-inch LCD panels to Apple. However, there are no explicit details available about the device yet.

Some sources have also reported that the two companies are planning to merge their businesses with Toshiba Mobile Display Co. Ltd somewhere in 2012 spring to form Japan Display.

The reports surfaced immediately following the claims made by Wall Street Journal earlier this week saying Sharp will also develop panels for iPad 3 at its Kameyama No.2 plant in central Japan. It is a matter of common observation that Apple doesn’t rely on any one partner for its components.

Another source closely related to the entire matter also reported that Apple has invested a huge amount in Sharp’s factories, though amount is not specified. The investment is made to encourage Sharp’s capabilities for IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) LCD panels for its future devices with improved battery life and relatively thinner designs.

According to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, “The IGZO technology is perfect in that it offers near-OLED power consumption while having a lower cost and thinness that is only 25% greater than OLED, based on our checks.”

It has also been reported that an unknown Taiwanese company is directed to “produce LCD technology faces” for Apple’s ‘fundamentally changed” iPad 4. It has been said that an entirely new process will be used to manufacture the next generation iPad.

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