Toshiba is set to become the primary supplier of LCD panels for all of Apple’s future iDevices under a new partnership.
The tech giant is reportedly splashing out around £1.2 billion, some of which is said to come from Apple’s coffers, to build a new factory in Japan to produce LCD panels that will be used for screens for the sixth-generation iPhone.
Apple currently relies on South Korean firm LG for LCD panels used in the iPhone 4 and iPad, but by LG’s own admission back in July it is unable to keep up with Apple’s orders. So, it would seem the venture with Toshiba is the result of Cupertino wanting greater control over the volume in which it is able to procure panels to meet high demand for its products.
The iPad is currently the biggest-selling tablet in the world and Apple is not one to step off the gas when pressing its advantage. Although Toshiba’s new factory won’t be producing any screens until the latter half of 2011, when it does get going, it will be churning out an estimated 17 million LCD units a month. Crikey!
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