March 21, 2013
The end of the road has arrived for Apple and Samsung. The Korea Economic Daily is reporting that the next round of iOS devices will not come with screens manufactured by the South Korean company. Instead, Apple will use screens from LG Display, Sharp, Japan Display, and AU Optronics. As confirmation, the report offers the request for quotation (RFQ) sent out by Apple to main suppliers. These documents are used by companies to inquire about price quotations for particular components. They state:
As this document is usually sent five-ten months prior to a product’s launch (to give suppliers ample time to deliver the order), it’s the first step of the component purchase process and as such a credible hint of the upcoming changes in Apple’s manufacturing process.The so-called “iPhone 5S” is expected to launch this summer, while the iPad 5 and second-generation iPad mini should arrive later in the year. All three new models are expected to include Retina displays. See also: Intel Likely To Join TSMC And Samsung As An Apple 'A7' Chip Provider, and Samsung Buys A Stake In Sharp Which Could Cause More Friction With Apple.