New reports from Korea claim that Apple has begun testing LCD displays from LG and Samsung, two of the world’s biggest manufacturers of LCD panels, to be used in its next generation iPad tablets.
According to the report by Korea Times, Apple has already started testing LCDs by LG and Samsung at one of its sites in China. LCD panels by the two companies were required because they produce better picture density and quality. Sources say that the testing process will be done during the third quarter.
According to sources close to the talks, “Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide full high definition (HD) viewing experience.”
“Apple has traditionally preferred to use the same providers of the same parts for the same device, even as they evolve to different versions. I don’t see any fundamental change to that approach.”
The report said that Samsung’s PR officer Song Chul-gyu and LG Display’s PR officer Gary Sohn declined to comment.
Apple will not be using Samsung’s flat screens based on OLEDs, which are used in smaller devices. The report also said that OLEDs are easily contaminated and have a shorter lifespan. “Another drawback is the current OLED technology is not at the level to realize a full HD viewing experience, which is important for tablets,” the source said.
Apple will be announcing how many iPad units it sold in its fiscal third quarter when it releases its report tomorrow. Forbes reported that 7.93 million units of iPads were sold during that time.