Longtime Apple supplier Foxconn is looking to get in on producing displays for the iPhone and iPad by working with Japanese display maker Sharp to utilize that firm’s technology to produce the iOS device displays. This, from a report by United Daily News (Google Translate, via GforGames).
Foxconn has long been the primary assembler for Apple’s devices. If the company could collaborate with Sharp, they would be able to secure display orders for the iPhone and iPad, reducing Apple’s reliance on frenemy Samsung as a primary display provider. The collaboration could also reduce the lead time for the inclusion of new technologies into Apple’s products.
2012 saw an announcement from Sharp and Foxconn that they had entered a partnership to advance LCD technology, and would open a display plant in Chengdu, China. It was also reported at that time that Foxconn would attempt to take a 10% stake in Sharp, however those plans never came to fruition.
LG, Japan Display, Sharp, and Samsung currently manufacture displays for Apple. Samsung was reportedly Apple’s top iPad display supplier in Q1 2014. The company had turned to the South Korean firm last October to produce displays for the Retina iPad mini after Sharp and LG struggled with low yields for the screens.