Apple Inc. is adding Sharp Corp. as a maker of screens used in the
next-generation iPad, people familiar with the situation said
Thursday, as the U.S. consumer electronics company moves to
diversify component suppliers for its products.
One of the people familiar with the matter said Apple’s next iPad
is expected to launch next year, and Sharp’s Kameyama No. 2 plant
in central Japan will manufacture LCD panels for the device.
Samsung’s loss is Sharp’s gain. As for the iPad 3, it’s double-resolution 2048 × 1536 or bust.