Apple and Samsung have an intense rivalry with each other, having gone to court several times to settle their disputes. Despite the rivalry, it seems Apple has to turn to Samsung for display panels used in the Retina display iPad. According to a new report, Samsung is the largest supplier of Retina Displays to Apple. It says the Korean OEM provided more than half of the retina displays in the last quarter.
Samsung is said to have shipped 5.2 million units of 9.7-inch panels with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, accounting for almost 62 percent of the total shipments for this specific screen size. The company is also providing displays panels for the iPad mini as well. It’s not just Samsung, LG is also one of the suppliers of the high resolution panels, with its share set at 38%, down from 61% since the last quarter of 2013.
For those of you who don’t know, it’s not just the displays; Samsung also manufacturers the A7 processor for the company, which is being used in the latest iPhone 5s and several other iOS devices. Rumors also suggest Apple plans to switch its A7 chips production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.(TSMC) so it’s less dependant on its arch rival.
There’s no official confirmation, but Samsung could very well be one of the manufacturers of the upcoming A8 chip, which is expected to launch with the alleged iPhone 6.