“Apple Inc.’s suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung, people familiar with the matter say, an indication of the difficulty the U.S. company faces in its attempt to reduce its dependence on its biggest rival,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Apple is working with suppliers in Asia on its next iPad mini with a high-resolution Retina display, unlike the current iPad mini that comes with a lower-resolution screen, the people said,” Luk reports. “The size of the new tablet will likely be the same as the current 7.9-inch model, which was released in November last year. Apple has also been contemplating multiple color back covers for the new tablet, they said.”
Luk reports, “For the next iPad mini, component makers have been told that Apple plans to use screens from Samsung Electronics Co.’s display unit, Samsung Display Co., as well as Japan’s Sharp Corp. and LG Display Co., the people said. One person said that Apple initially planned to use Sharp and LG Display but later decided to add Samsung to ensure adequate supply of screens. For the current iPad mini, Apple uses screens from LG Display and Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp., component makers said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Our little birdy confirms iPad mini with Retina display to be revealed “before 90 days are up.”