Apple said to dump Samsung, add Innolux for next-gen iPad mini displays

“Innolux Corp. may benefit from the ongoing strife between Samsung and Apple, as the iPad maker is said to be dropping the latter in favor of the former as a supplier of touch displays for its iPad mini,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider.

“David Hsieh, NPD DisplaySearch Greater China region vice president, reportedly said on Thursday that Apple will rely at least in part on Innolux for touch panels in the next iPad mini,” Bostic reports. “Innolux already supplies touch panels for Apple’s full-size iPads and has been doing so since 2008.”

Bostic reports, “Meanwhile, DigiTimes cites Korean-based media reports claiming that Apple has not yet submitted — and will not submit — a request for quotation (RFQ) to Samsung Display for components.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Even if the courts never dole out meaningful justice, Apple can and should inflict as much pain upon the slavish copier as possible.

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    1. For as long as it has taken to even partly remove Samsung as a supplier goes to show their uniqueness. Even though I’m in a personal Samsung boycott, it’s not hard to see how far they have taken down the Japanese electronics firms.

      1. That was part of a somewhat inevitable business cycle, at least from my POV. Everyone strives to achieve more personal safety and comfort. Therefore, they endeavor to become more wealthy. That happened in the USA, then Japan, now South Korea and China, on and on. In the USA, the moving of low cost labor jobs overseas has created downward pressure on wages, as is now evident. Japan can’t manufacture parts cheaply enough for the market, therefore both China and South Korea gained the jobs.

        Korea, having a far freer culture than China, has a modicum of creativity, as evidenced in the Samsung S4 phone, which actually has a couple nice new features (setting aside the stupid new features). Forget about seen the same in China, where individual thought, let alone creativity, is highly suppressed.

        And so forth. It’s rather basic economics and organizational behavior. It consistently astounds me how so-called MBAs (Masters of Business Administration) haven’t got a clue about such things. This results in my general disinterest and disregard of most MBA schools. What is a business degree worth if you don’t even know the basics? And so forth…

  1. I recommend that Tim Cook put that cash pile to good use: hostile takeover of Samsung. Apple needs the manufacturing, and both more effective & cheaper than hiring lawyers to stop the incessant Korean copycats.

    1. You cannot “take over” a South Koran conglomerate. Besides, it would be a tremendous waste of money, even if it were possible. The better course is to beat them into the ground with Apple innovation and take most of the profits, just as Apple has been doing. If Apple takes the profits, then Samsung can keep their friggin’ company for all I care.

  2. AppleInsider, as well as, of course, the original publication the name is based on, is a tabloid “journalism” resource.

    So not many things that come from them are reliable. They could not even phrase as simple fact as iPad’s screens were not manufactured back in 2008.

  3. If it’s a better display, then great! If it’s simply to snub Samsung, then we are the losers. Samsung makes excellent displays – some of the best in the world.

    1. For its mobile devices Apple does not buy stock products from the likes of Samsung Display, LG Display, Au Optronics, Innolux. Apple develops their own displays, their own manufacturing process; they also own the equipment. Samsung is used only as a manufacturing facility and staff resource.

  4. ““Innolux already supplies touch panels for Apple’s full-size iPads and has been doing so since 2008.”


    Interesting. Considering the first full size iPad wasn’t introduced until 2010. 🙂

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