After hearing that TSMC is making about 80% of the Apple A8 CPUs, it seems that Samsung is further and further from being Apple’s trusted partner it once was. Well, they may get some faith back, as rumors say that they will be providing the display panels for iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro.
Over the past years LG started to play a bigger role in the supply of iPad panels, while Samsung was left aside. Digitimes is reporting that the Cupertino firm returned to Samsung for the new iPads, both the Air 2 and the 12.9 incher coming in 2015. Sammy is said to offer Plane to Line Switching series panels to Apple and start making shipments before this year is out. Rival LG Display, that’s the exclusive provider of Apple Watch screens will also dedicate two thirds of its mobile screens to the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, so they have their hands full.
It’s interesting to note that Apple uses LCDs, while Samsung makes excellent AMOLEDs, but they can also pull some nice LCDs when needed. The iPad Air 2 may come as soon as this month and it’s expected to pack a thinner chassis, Touch ID, Apple Pay and a faster version of the Apple A8 CPU, as well as 2 GB of RAM and slight design tweaks.