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Apple Rumor Roundup: LG Displays in iPad Mini, Pegatron Started iPhone 5 Production

The fight between Samsung and Apple benefits not just the courts but also their competitors. Digitimes reported today that LG Display received the green light from Apple to ship a vast majority of the 7.85-inch panels for the upcoming iPad Mini. For those wondering about the status of the iPhone 5’s production, those who are lucky enough to live in Shanghai and eastern China will get their hands on the new iPhone before anyone else.

iPad mini and iPhone 5
Apple and Samsung now have countless lawsuits in more than 30 countries around the globe over intellectual property. As we previously reported, Apple said it will defend its IP no matter what. The result: it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Samsung Galaxy Tab, claiming the Android tablet violates Apple’s patents. Samsung filed a countersuit and court proceedings have gone on for months now, with each party recording both wins and losses. However, Apple recently won a preliminary injunction, banning the Galaxy 10.1 from selling in the US.

This, however, has greatly benefited LG if Digitimes’ sources are right: LG entered into Apple’s supply chain and gained more ground as the battle got fierce. Now the company is in charge of supplying panels for the iPad Mini and the possibility of producing panels for other Apple products is imminent.

Although Samsung is the No. 1 panel manufacturer, LG has recently surprised the tech industry with its 5-inch, 1920x1080 HD resolution display, combining for a 440 ppi pixel density, which is expected to go mainstream later this year. The LG display uses AH-IPS technology, which stands for Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching, with wide-viewing angles and high-quality color reproduction.

The most awaited smartphone, Apple’s iPhone 5, has entered into production in Shanghai, China, according to industry sources in Taiwan (cited by Digitimes). While we await the iPhone 5 release date, which could be as early as September 21st, the buy rate is absolutely positive as two different surveys have shown.

We told you about the Piper Jaffray survey earlier last week; the most recent ChangeWave survey reaffirms Gene Munster’s forecast, which says half of the predicted 160 million iPhone sales for 2013 are in the bag. ChangeWave claims iPhone 5 will be in the top three in terms of market share, as the demand is “striking higher than we’ve seen for any previous iPhone model,” said Dr. Paul Carton, VP of Research.

With its new design, 4-inch display, its reduction in size, a 19-pin dock connector, A6 chip and more, the iPhone 5 will definitely be a hit as well as the iPad mini. Boy, are we waiting to put our hands on it. Are you?

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