According to a report in The Korea Times, which was picked up by AppleInsider today, Apple has just placed a $240 million order with Samsung Electronics for 3 million iPad displays, according to an anonymous source. The anonymous source also told The Korea Times that the display and touch-screen interface is the iPadâ€™s most expensive component, costing $80 for all models, roughly 5 times as much as the iPhone 3GS screen.
Another executive from Samsung Mobile Display, a flat-screen joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Samsung SDI, told the newspaper that the company was also in â€œdeep talksâ€ to supply Apple with LCD panels for the forthcoming 4G iPhones and iPads.
This news follows on from a previous announcement a few months back that Samsungâ€™s rival, LG Display, had received an $800 million order from Apple to make 10 million LCD panels for the iPad. Clearly Apple is being smart as usual and not putting all its display-sourcing eggs in one basket.
By Maura Sutton
[Source: AppleInsider, The Korea Times]