LG to supply screens for Apple's new iPad


12 Jan 2012
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LG to supply screens for Apple's new iPad

SEOUL: Flat screen maker LG Display Co Ltd is supplying touch-screen panels for Apple Inc's new iPad, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday, helping its shares recover early losses.

Bloomberg reported earlier that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd was the sole supplier for the new iPad after LG and Japan's Sharp Corp failed to meet the US company's quality requirements, quoting an analyst from research firm iSuppli.

"LG is also in a panel supply deal with Samsung for the new iPad," the source said. The source was not authorized to speak to the media and declined to be identified.

Apple is expected to raise its spending on mobile displays by 91 per cent this year to $9.0 billion to make iPhones and iPads, according to iSuppli, providing a big source of revenue to Asian suppliers.

LG Display, which has supplied panels for the previous iPad models along with Samsung, declined to comment.

Shares in LG Display, which vies for the title of the world's top flat-screen maker with rival South Korean firm Samsung, traded up 0.5 per cent by 0545 GMT, after falling as much as 1.4 per cent, against a 1.1 per cent rise in the broader market .KS11.

Apple's latest iPad, which was launched last week and will hit store shelves on March 16, sports a crisper display, more powerful chip, better camera and faster network speed.

According to Credit Suisse, Apple will command 66 per cent of the tablet market in 2012, thanks to its brand and hardware offering.

The global tablet user base reached 67 million in 2011 and Apple captured 58 per cent of the market in the fourth quarter of the year, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.

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