According to a new report by Bloomberg, Apple is expected to use display panels from AU Optronics Corp. and LG Display Co. for its forthcoming iPad Mini, which is expected to be released at a dedicated Apple event in October. Meanwhile, Yeh Cheng Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn, and TPK Holding Co. will supply the lamination coating for the smaller iPad that will measure 7.85 inches diagonally.
While LG is already supplying displays for current iOS devices, it will be the first time for AUO, a maker of panels for Apple’s MacBooks and Sony HDTVs, to provide display panels for Apple’s handheld devices.
A smaller iPad order could boost sales at AUO, Taiwan’s second-largest flat-panel maker, with Apple selling five times as many iPads as MacBooks, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
LG Display and TPK are already suppliers for Apple’s handheld devices, which include the iPhone and iPad.
Yeh Cheng, a maker of touch-screen sensors and lamination, was spun off from Chimei Innolux earlier this year and sold to Hon Hai, said Chimei Innolux spokesman C.H. Lin. That division began supplying sensors for the iPad 2 last year.
Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment. Similarly, LG and AUO spokespersons also declined to comment on the report.
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