Sharp set to supply LCD panels for the iPad 3

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple will add Sharp to its list of LCD panel manufacturers, specifically for the next generation iPad. The information comes from people familiar with the situation. Apple is apparently looking to diversify component suppliers for its products and as Sharp is already manufacturing LCD panels for the iPhone; it makes sense for Apple to add it to the supply chain for the iPad too.

Sharp’s Kameyama No.2 plant in Japan will be used to manufacture the panels. It is also believed that Apple is investing in Sharp’s Japanese manufacturing facilities to ensure preferential treatment when it comes to component availability and pricing.

The iPad 3 has long been rumored to have the much coveted “Retina” display. Apple would need to be able to source large quantities of high quality panels with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 for this to become a reality. This could be the deal that paves the way for it to happen early next year!

Source: WSJ

 

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sw says:

How about investing in an LCD manufacturing plant in the US?

sw says:

How about investing in an LCD plant in the US?

Guest says:

There isn't a LCD manufacture in the US. Besides if there were, the facility would likely unionized, which typically spawns lazy workers, over-paid salaries, and inferior products. Just look at GM. After that, the government will tax the hell out of it for whatever the reason...."oh but it's for the children". But we all know companies don't pay those taxes because they pass it on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. Now your precious iPad costs $3,000 and you're on TiB whining about the ridiculous price.
Hope that answered your question.

Moonoverparma00 says:

Not all unions are like that, douchebag!

BigG says:

Wrong wrong wrong! There are many right to work starts in the U.S. Unions dont just spring up in every factory. American workers in those states have to choose to unionize or not. Unions don't cause laziness, poor incentives do that. Like the poor incentive you had to think about what you wrote before you wrote it. In a time in America when the largest corporations pay NO taxes no matter how much they profit, you comment is less than informed as well.

fastlane says:

Youngster Guest wants us all to work in places that have no breaks, no lunch hours, no vacations, supervisors standing over us when we piss, unsafe and unhealthy work environments, and having no defense against harassment. He wants our grandfathers to have been beaten to death for nothing when they fought for unions.
Douchebag, indeed.

Shameer Mulji says:

Doesn't that sound a lot like China? Oh wait....

Guest says:

Do you see the irony of your comments? You should feel guilty every single time you use your iDevice, seeing how it was made off the backs of the poor Chinese people.
Hello pot, this is kettle!

Rob says:

You sir live in the same plastic bubble most libretards live in. Until you've actually created one job, you really don't have a place to talk. And no, wrecking your mom's car doesn't count as creating a job.

fastlane says:

Both liberals and conservatives live in pathetic plastic bubbles.

Crunch says:

HAHAH! Someone after my own heart.
I am very much looking forward to another so-called "Retina" display. And how about a 17" MBP or a 27" iMac with that kind of resolution. The iPhone 4 has ruined me forever with its 326ppi display.

ndvgrey says:

The problem with full fledged computers running that kind of resolution is the horsepower needed for decent frame rates. Don't get me wrong, I think it is coming, I just don't see it happening in iMacs or MacBooks next year. I truly hope I'm wrong on this one though :)

ndvgrey says:

The problem with full fledged computers running that kind of resolution is the horsepower needed for decent frame rates. Don't get me wrong, I think it is coming, I just don't see it happening in iMacs or MacBooks next year. I truly hope I'm wrong on this one though :)

sw says:

How about investing in an LCD plant in the US?

Silentjosh37 says:

Seems like apple isn't making many of their own parts lately. Lcds are farmed out, processors, camera sensors etc. There is no wonder other phone manufacturers have similarly styled phones they are making all their parts lol.

TechPeeve says:

Apple has never made their own parts...ever.

Silentjosh37 says:

This is what happens when you start suing one of your biggest component manufacturer.

Shameer Mulji says:

Well they do design their own processors for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches. They just don't manufacture them.
As for other components yes they are farmed out but they do make significant investments into these component manufacturers to ensure enough supply and first dibs at supply as well.

anon says:

I sure hope the new display has the same fill rate as the old iPad 2 display. Otherwise, thousands of games will grind to a halt.

Shanesyj says:

There may be more to this. Sharp may be the next supplier of panels for the iMac all in ones. The Japanese have been quiet for way too long. I'm glad to be seeing the names of Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Mitsubishi gaining momentum again. The quality coming out of the Japanese companies was the ultimate for many years in picture quality and reliability. The displays on the Sony, Toshiba all in ones is pretty sweet. And the Aquos technology may have just landed Sharp the Apple account. Sharp may be the most experienced of all in LCD/LED technology and all the issues Apple has had with the all in ones made me back off. Great news for Apple across the board.