NPD DisplaySearch Greater China region vice president, David Hsieh, recently announced that Apple will use Innolux for touch panels on the next generation iPad mini. He said the following regarding the matter:
Innolux and China's Century Display will receive certificates for product qualification [from Apple] to supply [touch panels] for the iPad mini.
In the meantime, DigiTimes cites Korean-based media reports claiming that Apple has not yet submitted and won’t be submitting a request for quotation (RFQ) to Samsung Display for components. These media reports continue to speculate that Apple will instead opt to source components from LG display, Sharp, Japan Display, and AU Optronics for the iPad mini.
Even though the two companies compete in the courts and in the market, Apple has relied on Samsung as a supplier of a number of components in its best-selling products. Samsung seems to have developed into a strong rival to the Cupertino California company as the iPhone marker seeks to diversify its suppliers as to not contribute to the bottom line of its competitor and to keep Samsung from becoming knowledgeable to Apple’s plans.
Source: Taipei Times via AppleInsider