Even though it’s been rumored for what feels like ages, Apple’s BIG 12.9-inch iPad (aka iPad Pro) is getting closer and closer to release (which, by the way, is rumored to take place sometime this year or in 2016 at the latest), fact evidenced by an increasing number of (more detailed and in-depth than ever) leaks and rumors.
The latest report comes from Taiwan and claims that Apple has decided on its display panel supplier line-up. If you’re curios to which company is rumored to supply what a recent leak hinted to be a 2,732 × 2,048 display (264ppi), join us after the break.
According to a new rumor, Apple has selected as its primary iPad Pro display supplier non other than its longtime partner – Sharp. Reportedly, Sharp has already provided a small test batch in June, batch which met Apple’s production standards.
The same source also says that Samsung will also provide screen panels, but will play the role of a secondary supplier. The company is expected to start providing panels in September which the source says means that the first wave of iPad Pro tablets will exclusively come with Sharp-made displays. This also means that, at least according to this report, the tablet will make its debut in late Q3 – early Q4 this year.
Another detail worth mentioning is that LG also competed for a place on the iPad Pro supplier list but came in on 3rd place because of yield issues. The source article makes it sound like 3rd place means that the South Korea company will not win any iPad Pro display orders from Apple but we guess we’ll have to wait and see how things turn up.
Also, we’re curious to see if the iPad Pro will also feature Force Touch, as hinted by a previous rumor.