Apple to order iPad 3 HD screens from Samsung and LG

18 Jul 2011

Apple has been testing high-definition LCD technology from Samsung and LG for its next-generation iPad and is about to sign off on major orders. However, it is reluctant to go for OLED technology.

The upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide a full HD viewing experience.

According to a report in The Korea Times, Apple is reluctant to put OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology in the forthcoming device because of its short lifespan and because it can be easily contaminated.

According to the report, Apple has started quality testing Samsung and LG LCDs at one of its laboratories in China that had better quality and density than the screens used in its latest iPad 2.

Despite Apple’s ongoing patent battles with Samsung over the similarities between functions and icons on iOS devices and Samsung’s Galaxy devices, Samsung is a major supplier of components to the California giant and this is likely to remain the case for some time.

However, on the chip front, it has been suggested that Apple is shifting much of its memory chip orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and is testing its future iPhones and iPad devices on TSMC processors.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years