updated 07:45 am EDT, Fri August 19, 2011
CMI has trouble matching iPad 3 display goals
Chimei Innolux has been locked out of making iPad 3 displays for the near future, part suppliers outlined in a claim on Friday. Although it's currently making iPad 2 screens, it has supposedly been unable to make the 2048x1536 iPad 3 LCDs. The Taiwan firm was said by Digitimes to have problems with light transmittance in the higher-density display, which needs a stronger backlight, as well as yield problems.
Chimei has been having its own problems with IPS panels and didn't get into mass production until this summer. Apple may have still set a high barrier as LG and Samsung have also faced a "challenge," although it's characterized as one that has been solvable. Sharp has been brought on as one of the suppliers.
The exclusion isn't a permanent one and could be addressed if Chimei improvies its yields. It has spent $27.6 million to $34.5 million on improving its plants. Apple also tends to bring on extra suppliers in mid-cycle to hope with demand and might turn to Chimei first.
Most expect the iPad 3 to ship in early spring 2012 and that it may be one of the first tablets to have a truly sharp display. Apple is in a race with Samsung, which will likely have a 2560x1600 Galaxy Tab sometime next year.