March 18, 2014
Try as they might, Apple isn’t likely to end its alliances with Samsung anytime soon. In fact, its frenemy’s position as a manufacturing partner is only strengthening as we get closer to production on Apple’s 2014 iOS devices. Case in point is a new report from Korea’s ETNews, which says that Samsung will soon take over primary production of the high-resolution Retina display panels for the second-generation iPad mini. The report notes that Samsung is picking up the slack from Sharp, which has seen its orders significantly curtailed due to manufacturing problems. Last July, Samsung also stepped in when AU Optronics lost a contract to make displays for the iPad mini 2. Besides Samsung and Sharp, LG is also tasked with making the Retina displays for the second iPad mini. One week ago, ZDNet Korea said that Samsung would help manufacture Apple’s “A8” processor. Previously reports had indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) would be Apple’s sole manufacturer for the processor likely to be seen on the next-generation iOS devices. The bottom line: Apple still needs Samsung, no matter that the two companies continue to duke it out in consumer showrooms, and courtrooms around the world. Samsung will ramp up its production on iPad mini 2 displays during the second half of the year. Via: GforGames See also: How Does The Samsung Galaxy S5 Compare To Apple's iPhone 5s?