According to recent rumors, the upcoming iPad 3 could have a super AMOLED display. News has it that Apple COO Tim Cook is in talks with Samsung over the manufacture of super AMOLED displays for the iPad 3 that could be releasing by the end of this year.
“Apple wants to tap into Samsung’s AMOLED technology for an upgraded version of the iPad2, considered as many as the iPad3 [...] During Cook’s trip last week, Apple seems to have offered Samsung an advance for the AMOLED displays.”
A super AMOLED display on the iPad will be a nice addition. Apart from consuming less power, the display reduces glare in sunlight and increases color brightness. The entry of super AMOLED would imply the exit of LG’s LCD displays that are currently used on the iPad.
On the other hand, this seems to be an unlikely assignation, considering how Samsung has always competed against Apple, and Apple has recently alleged Samsung is copying its iPad 2 (not exactly baseless) and iPhone design. I guess giant corporations don’t let minor differences get in the way of business but still, it’s hard to believe that Samsung would help its No.1 competitor without reservations.
If anything the rumor has added more fuel to the buzz of an upcoming iPad 3 in time for the 2011 holiday season.
Back in China, there’s more trouble for Foxconn, Apple’s iPad and iPhone component manufacturer. After the fire that caused deaths and injury at the Foxconn Chengdu plant and put Apple’s iPad 2 production behind by 500,000 units, the manufacturing plant is in the news again for an employee’s suicide. There is no news on whether the two events are related (senior officials at Foxconn are looking for someone to blame under the pressure of investigations). Foxconn has seen a string a suicides before, leading to the policy of employees signing an “anti-suicide pledge.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop the loss of one more life.
[via TiPb, cultofmac]