Sharp was widely reported to be one of the front-runners for the mass manufacturing of the display panels for the third generation iPad with rumours that the tablet would incorporate Sharp’s IGZO technology, but the Korea Electronic Times Internet News has revealed that it’s now been cut out of the deal.
“Sharp has competed with Samsung Electronics and LG Display over the development of display panels for the iPad 3, but reportedly failed to pass Apple’s approval process for mass production,” reports the Korean news channel. “It has been confirmed that Samsung Electronics and LG Display will supply LCD panels for Apple’s iPad 3, which is scheduled to be unveiled as early as in Q1 this year."
The report claims that Apple plans to buy 65 miilion LCD panels this year, with Samsung and LG Display set to produce 5 million screens for the launch of the iPad 3. Apple’s next generation tablet is widely believed to sport a XQGA 2,048×1,536 display, four times more potent than iPad 2’s 1,024x768 screen.