David Hsieh, vice president of NPD DisplaySearch in Greater China region, said on Thursday that Apple’s next-generation iPad mini screen suppliers may include Taiwan Innolux. The InnoLux and the Shenchao optical both have product certification from Apple, and they can supply touch panels for the iPad mini.
Earlier this week, the InnoLux touch panel sector director Yang Chiu-lien said the company will focus on smart phones and tablet PCs this year, the goal is to supply 7-inch display during the year. Since 2008, Innolux has been supplying the touch panels for the full-size Apple iPad. This year, the Innolux panels will have the touch-on-display technology, which will help Apple get rid of the problems of the iPhone 5 in-cell displays.
Although Apple and Samsung patent cases in the court are still irreconcilable, Samsung is still Apple many parts supplier. Apple is increasing the diversification of suppliers, and hopes to get rid of dependence on Samsung as early as possible.