WSJ: Sharp to Supply LCD Panels to Apple for Next iPad

Juro Osawa, reporting for the WSJ:

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.

Monday, 28 November 2011