Apple moves to Sharp for LCD screens
The Japan-based company is likely to supply screens for the next-generation iPad, iPhone
Apple is likely to use Sharp screens for its next-generation iPad and iPhone, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The move comes as Apple is embroiled in court cases with its current screen supplier, Samsung, across the globe.
According to sources, Apple is trying to diversify its parts suppliers before the launch of the next iPad next year.
Sharp's Kameyama No 2 plant in central Japan will manufacture LCD panels for the device.
Sources also told the Wall Street Journal that Apple is investing in facilities at Sharp's panel manufacturing factories in Japan.
Sharp makes liquid crystal displays, which are widely used in tablets, smartphones and flat-screen televisions and the company already supplies LCD panels for Apple's iPhones.
Sharp will also be providing LCDs for the next generation iPhone, which is expected to launch sometime next year, the source added.
Sharp is currently trying to improve its LCD panel business by increasing production of smaller panels for smartphones and tablets instead of larger television panels.
Apple also relies on South Korea's LG Display. to supply LCD screens, the Korean company has said.