Sharp Reportedly Out of the Picture for iPad 3 Display Production

The Korean Electronic Times Internet News reports that Samsung Electronics and LG Display will reportedly develop LCD panels for Apple’s next generation iPad 3. The tablet device is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2012. Contrary to this, Sharp was originally supposed to develop display panels for the Apple’s next generation tablet device, but failed to manage the initial supply.

From the Electronic Times Internet News:

“Sharp has competed with Samsung Electronics and LG Display over the development of display panels for the iPad 3, but reportedly failed to pass Apple’s approval process for mass production. Sharp has worked on developing high resolution panels on the basis of oxide semiconductor TFTs.”

It was reported earlier by DigiTimes that Apple was planning to substitute the IPS displays with those using IGZO technology from Sharp. If we look at the current report, it doesn’t actually differ with the rumor that Apple and Sharp are preparing to work together on a future generation HDTV.

Now it seems that Sharp Electronics which is being the official iPad 3 display supplier for Apple for at least the initial few months of this year is no more the case.

Apple is reportedly planning to produce as much as 65 million LCD panels for the iPad 3 in 2012, said ETN’s industry sources. However, the quantity of LCD panels supposed to be supplied by Samsung Electronics and LG Display are somewhere around 5 million for the first quarter so as to meet the initial demand of the iPad 3 at its launch.

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