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Apple drops SHARP from its iPad 3 supply chain list

Apple drops Sharp from the supply chain of their iPad 3, as they were to provide display panels for the same

A recent report says, Apple has dropped Sharp from its iPad 3 supply chain as the display panel of Sharp didn’t meet its existing quality standards. Some reports from ET News also say that LG and Samsung have taken over the role in supplying Apple with the high definition 2048 x 1536 resolution screens for their upcoming tablets, which are expected to be launched this year.

Back in November last year, it was suggested that sharp would produce the displays for Apple’s third generation iPad. This actually came into light when, the Cappuccino company was considering an investment of $1 billion in a Sharp display plant.

Sharp now supplies display panels for the iPhone and it looks like they will even continue the relation further. Apple is also using the Sharp’s display for the next iPhone. However, the Sharps display for the next iPad only is reported as rejected for mass production.

According to some sources, Apple plans to procure about 65 million LCD panels for its iPad 3 to be released this year.

The iPad 3 is also expected to be released by the first quarter this year. According to some rumors the upcoming iPad has a display with XQGA dimensions or 2048 x 1536 pixels of resolution. This resolution will be about four times the current resolution of the iPad 2 screens.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-01-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)