Apple could be courting Sharp LCDs
Company’s relationship with LCD supplier Samsung is shaky after picture doctoring scandal
Apple could be planning to shift the manufacture of its LCDs for the iPhone and iPad from Samsung to Sharp LCDs, according to Reuters.
Apple's relationship with Samsung is on the rocks following rumours pointing to the company doctoring pictures of the new Galaxy Tab in a current court case.
This could result in Apple seeking out parts elsewhere, with Japan being a likely alternative.
Sharp currently has a deal with Apple to manufacture power efficient screens for the sixth generation iPhone according to Reuter's sources.
Sharp revealed earlier this year that it planned to switch production from larger displays to smaller screens for smartphones and tablets.
The price for Sharp panels is currently higher than Samsung and this may signal a price hike for Apple smartphones and tablet devices.