Apple has already granted certifications for parts to some of its Taiwanese component manufacturers for the third generation iPad. LED backlight modules from Radiant Opto-Electronics and light bars have been certified while panel certification is still pending, DigiTimes reveals.
Recent reports have hinted that Apple has discussed with Samsung the possibility of using AMOLED displays in the next-generation iPad, but it appears these rumours have faded away. Instead Apple could soon certify the panels manufactured by the Taiwanese company Chimei Innolux as the Cupertino giant is allegedly preparing to adopt 9.7-inch LED panels.
Apple should launch its third generation iPad in 2012, component manufacturers suggest. This seems probable especially after Apple named 2011 "the year of iPad 2" thus implying that the company won’t release another tablet this year. The iPad 3 could incorporate a Retina Display-like panel and a 2048x1536 pixel resolution, some analysts suggest.
Apple has a rather tense relationship with Samsung at present; the two companies are currently battling not only within the high tech portable devices market but also in court. Apple has filed a lawsuit against Samsung accusing the company of "crossed the line" by using the design of Apple products for its own tablets and smartphones.