July 23, 2013
We still don't know when Apple will release the iPad mini 2, or whether the device will include a Retina display. But, one thing is now clear: AU Optronics won't be supplying displays for the device, according to ET News. The reports notes that Apple has dropped the Taiwan-based supplier since it could not meet deadlines or develop an LCD with a high penetration rate for the original iPad mini. ET News notes that Samsung Display is likely to step in and replace AUO:
Samsung Display is known to have developed an LCD sample for iPad mini 2. The company may be able to secure more order than Sharp did, if it can stabilize production yields,’ said a person from the LCD industry.This news doesn't really come as much of a surprise. In May, it was reported that the manufacturer had seen iPad mini orders drop from the quarter before. The report stated that AUO would likely be dropped as an iPad mini manufacturer after they had "faced issues in producing" the first device. See also: Reliable KGI Securities Analyst Predicts No iPad mini 2 For This Fall, When We Should Expect New iPhones, iPads and Macs, and DigiTimes Claims Retina-Equipped iPad mini Could Launch This Fall, After All.