updated 04:30 pm EST, Sun February 19, 2012
Samsung may use Chinese firm to make iPad 3 LCDs
An atypical leak on Sunday saw the the manufacturing roots of the reported iPad 3's display more than the displays themselves. With the 2048x1536 resolution already identified, a WePost.me forum contribution showed what's claimed to be shots from contractor Radiant Opto-Electronics' plant as it shipped a batch of the new screens. Although located in Wujiang, near Shanghai, the displays are labeled and boxed as Samsung displays that are reportedly shipped to Samsung in Korea before they reach Apple.
Security is supposedly tight and didn't allow careful photography, the unnamed sources said. They still managed to get multiple photos that included the production QR codes.
The images are notable in supporting beliefs that, while the iPad 3 display may have been designed by Sharp, it was still being outsourced to Korean companies to cope with the volumes Apple typically needs. Samsung and LG are known to themselves rely on outside suppliers, although they have domestic production and usually try to create an image of most of their factory output being local.
The original iPad and iPad 2 displays were originally designed by LG but manufactured by both LG, Samsung, and at least temporarily by Chimei Innolux. [via 9to5]