updated 09:44 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2014
Will allegedly assume some of Sharp's orders
Samsung is set to become a display supplier for the iPad mini in the second half of 2014, says Korea's ETnews. Apple currently relies on three companies: LG and Sharp for Retina displays, and AU Optronics for non-Retina panels. AU Optronics is expected to be dropped from the supply chain entirely, while Sharp will allegedly see its orders cut back, the lost share being handed over to Samsung.
Past reports have hinted at Sharp experiencing trouble meeting Apple production demands, which would explain the shift. The removal of AU Optronics presumably indicates that Apple is eliminating the non-Retina Mini from its lineup, much in the same way it has axed the iPad 2. By this fall, Apple's iOS lineup may be entirely Retina-equipped.