Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes) reports Samsung will be the supplier for the display panels Apple will use for their next-generation 9.7-inch “iPad Air 2,” and their much-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro.”
The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple’s current line of iPads.
If true, the report indicates Apple should have a steady supply of panels available for the iPad Air 2, which will likely launch in time to be available during the all-important holiday shopping season. Many reports claim that the 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” will be launched in early 2015.
While Apple has been attempting to reduce its reliance on frenemy Samsung for components to make its devices, Samsung’s superior displays and manufacturing capacity for said displays, likely makes it difficult for Apple to wean itself off of Samsung’s teat for the components.
The iPad Air 2 is rumored to be slightly thinner, sport an A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, include support for Apple Pay, and boast the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPad Pro is said to include a 12.9-inch screen, and a more powerful A8X processor.