Apple Said to Be Working With LG and Samsung on High-Def iPad 3 Displays
The Korea Times reported Monday that Apple is working with LCD makers LG and Samsung on producing 2048-by-1536-pixel polysilicon displays for the next generation iPad.
Prototypes of the high-resolution, low temperature displays are being quality tested by Apple at a facility in China, and are expected to retain the 4:3 aspect ration of current iPad models. However, LG and Samsung were tasked with creating a screen capable of the "Retina Display" moniker already applied to the iPhone 4.
Also, in a polysilicon or "p-Si LCD" the TFT or thin film transistor of the screen is made of polycrystalline silicon, allowing the display drivers to mounted directly onto the glass substrate. The result is a thinner TFT section and a thinner LCD display. And we all know how Apple loves making their devices thinner and more efficient.
Contracting Samsung for their next generation LCD display seems to be in stark contrast to the legal relationship the two companies have had recently. It doesn't help Apple is actively courting other companies to produce their A6 processor either. However, according to the Korea times Apple maintains a close relationship with Samsung in regards to LCD displays despite the companies differences. An anonymous senior level exec at Samsung said Apple is "first and foremost about product quality," and apparently Samsung is on the short list of quality LCD manufacturers.
Source: The Korea Times