Wednesday, May 18, 2016

to Dump AU Optronics as Display Supplier for Next-eration iPad Mini?

ETNews.comreportsthat is discontinuing its relationship with AU Optronics to supply display panels for the iPad mini as production on displays for the second-eration models is expected to ramp up in the coming months. According to the report, Display is alrdy onboard and Sharp is in solid position given its technological advantage in energy efficiency, while other display manufacturers such as are competing to replace AU Optronics' production share.
Display alrdy secured order from . Sharp seems to have no problem in getting approval from as a supplier for iPad mini 2 despite some product quality problems, because it is the only supplier of oxide semiconductor L. Oxide semiconductor L has an advantage of saving electricity. plans to apply oxide semiconductor L to iPad mini 2 despite the initial low production yield, because it gives the advantage of saving electricity.AU Optronics won a share of display production for the original iPad mini, butstruggled with production issuesand reportedly did notch upon production until months after the device's launch, contributing to tight supplies.

According to today's report, AU Optronics has been unable to meet technical and timing milestones for the next-eration iPad mini, and 'simproving relationshipwith 's display arm may be giving more flexibility in managing its suppliers.

's plans for its next-eration iPad mini have been the subject of numerous conflicting rumors, with some suggesting that a Retina iPad mini will launch later this yr, while others have indied that the company will launch a new non-Retina model later this yr before adding a Retina display rly next yr. Just yesterday, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuoreportedthat will not be updating the iPad mini until it can launch a Retina display version in March or April 2014.

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