Samsung Denies the Termination of LCD Contract with Apple
A Samsung spokesman recently refuted a report
by The Korea Times that claimed the company would no longer be producing LCD screens for Apple products starting in 2013. According to the folks at CNET
, the spokesman said the report was “100 percent false,” noting that Samsung has requested the publication to revise its story. The spokesman said that “Samsung Display has never tried to cut the supply for LCD panels to Apple.”
The initial report gained traction as Apple has recently been slowly weaning off Samsung-sourced components, as evidenced by the cutting of NAND flash orders bound for the first batch of iPhone 5 shipments. Samsung supplied Apple with 15 million LCDs in the first six months of 2012, reportedly only shipping about 3 million LCDs to Apple in the third quarter and is currently expected to drop that number down further to 1.5 million in the fourth quarter.
Previously, Samsung was the only company able to produce the high resolution Retina displays Apple uses for its third-generation iPad, but LG and Sharp both ended up joining the supply chain months later. As of right now, Apple is expected to debut the “iPad mini” at a special event with reports pointing to LG and AU Optronics being the main providers of these panels.