The court battles between the two companies don’t seem to have harmed Samsung’s position as a key supplier of components to Apple. DisplaySearch figures show that Apple switched from LG to Samsung as the primary supplier of its display panels for iPad Air and iPad with Retina display last quarter, reports CNET.
Samsung Display reclaimed its position as the top iPad display panel supplier, shipping 5.2 million units of 9.7-inch panels with a resolution of 2,048×1,536, accounting for 62 percent of total shipments of that display size and resolution […] LG Display […] saw its share of that display size/resolution plunge to 38 percent in the first quarter from about 61 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 …
In fact, when it comes to the iPad, Apple seems to rely more on Samsung than ever, according to a new report which suggests that the South Korean tech giant became the largest supplier of iPad displays in the first quarter of 2014.
The reason for the switch isn’t known. There are a variety of reasons why Apple may shift suppliers, including yield rates and the simple desire not to become too dependent on a single source…
Samsung’s status as top iPad display panel supplier meant that it shipped approximately 5.2 million units of 9.7-inch panels with a resolution of 2,048×1,536: accounting for a whopping 62% of total shipments of that display size and resolution, which is used by Apple for the iPad Air and iPad with Retina display.
LG Display, which is also a major display supplier to Apple, saw its share of that display size/resolution fall from 61% to 38% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
And that’s not all.According to a second research company, VLSI, despite Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC’s) expected role as the supplier of Apple’s next generation A series processor, Samsung is still not out of the running — and Apple could still source its A-series processors for the future iPhones and iPads from Samsung.