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Samsung & LG Chosen as iPad 3 Display Panel Suppliers, Sharp is Out [RUMOR]

With the iPhone 4S being out in the market for quite some time now, it is now Apple's tablet device turn to hog the limelight. As we approach the rumored March release date of the third generation iPad, it is only expected that we get streams of rumors and predictions coming our way. So with the barrage of rumors, there are bound to be cases of contradictions between reports. In a new report, it has allegedly been confirmed that Samsung and LG will be manufacturing the displays for the upcoming iPad 3.

iPad 3 Retina
According to a new report by Korea’s Electronic Times, longtime Apple partners, Samsung and LG have been tapped as the official iPad 3 display suppliers. Now this obviously contradicts with previous reports that Japanese display manufacturer Sharp, was the one who has been given the task of manufacturing the iPad 3 panels. The report further adds that Sharp was at one point considered but is reportedly not up to the task.

From ETNews:

Sharp has competed with Samsung Electronics and LG Display over the development of display panels for the iPad3, but reportedly failed to pass Apple’s approval process for mass production. Sharp has worked on developing high resolution panels on the basis of oxide semiconductor TFTs.

Aside from that, the report was able to maintain some of the rumors about the iPad 3. It indicates that Apple is planning to unveil the iPad 3 as early as Q1 this year. It will feature a new resolution of XQGA (2048 × 1536) which is four times higher than the current gen iPad. According to industry sources, Apple will be ordering at least 65 million display panels this year and that LG and Samsung will be splitting the manufacturing duties. [via iDownloadBlog]

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