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Apple wants Samsung AMOLED panels for iPad 3

Apple interim CEO Tim Cook has been sniffing around Samsung's R&D department looking for AMOLED panels for use in the next iteration of the the iPad, according to reports coming out of Korea.

Cook, who is currently holding the helm of the Cupertino company while Apple frontman Steve Jobs throws an extended sickie, paid a visit to South Korea recently and, according to The Korea Herald, offered Samsung an advance for first dibs on the panels.

“Apple wants to tap into Samsung’s AMOLED technology for an upgraded version of the iPad2, considered as many as the iPad3 that is likely to be launched toward the end of this year,” a secret source is supposed to have said.

Although the company doesn't currently use AMOLED technology in its own tablet offerings, the superior panels which offer brighter images with less battery drain do appear in some of the Samsung's smartphones and are likely to turn up in the next generation of the Galaxy Tab.

If Samsung has any sense it'll tell Apple to do one, not least because Apple is currently dragging the Korean outfit through the courts whining that its devices bare a passing resemblance to the stuff it designs, before getting suicidal Chinese peasants to knock them out on the cheap.

The Korean company could do well to avoid giving its biggest competitor in the tablet market an advantage using its own technology.

Apple is expected by some to refresh the iPad towards the end of the year, but our money is on a mid summer 2012 launch for the iPad 3, not least because the company is still struggling to meet demand for the current version and could easily sell more than it is able to make.