The Asian suppliers of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Asian suppliers are hoping for latest iPad mini’s volume production to be huge in 2013’s fourth quarter. The reason is the possibility of iPad mini coming out with ratina display – screens with high resolution.
Apple’s current iPad mini, which was launched in November last year, has a low screen resolution where as the new tablet is likely to have the same size of 7.9 inches, but higher screen resolution. It is also believed that back covers of the upcoming iPad mini are likely to be in different color, which would make these iPads more attractive.
It has been reported that Apple will be getting screen from Samsung Electronics Co., Sharp Corp in Japan and LG Dsiplay Co. for its next iPad. Earlier Apple got its screen only from Sharp Corp and LG, but it was decided later to include Samsung as well to ensure adequate supply of screens. The current iPad mini is using screen from LG Display Co. and AU Optronics Corp of Taiwan.
Many new designs are being tested by Apple for its upcoming iPad mini. Apple is likely to launch its new iPad after Goggle Inc.’s Nexus 7’s launch. With its extremely high resolution Nexus 7 will pose stiff competition to iPad.
Apple, for its iPhone and iPad is looking to involve new suppliers in addition to Samsung. For this purpose Apple has signed a contract with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for producing chips; this partnership will take effect in 2014. However, Apple can’t afford a complete shift from Samsung because Apple still depends on Samsung for timely supply of highest quality parts. Apple has also agreed to shift its orders to Samsung to AU Optronics.
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