By Stephen Schenck | March 13, 2012 7:22 PM
Mixed-in with all the rumors we heard about the 2012 iPad in the weeks leading up to Apple’s announcement, we saw plenty of chatter about the possibility for Apple releasing a scaled-down iPad mini. Just the very idea of such a product is blasphemy to many Apple fans, after Steve Jobs publicly derided the user experience you’d get with a seven-inch screen. Nevertheless, the rumors continue, and the latest to throw some fuel on the fire comes from Samsung.
An anonymous Samsung source spoke to The Korea Times regarding Samsung’s relationship as a component manufacturer for Apple. Despite legal action between the two regarding their finished, commercial products, Samsung remains Apple’s favorite when it comes to producing the parts that make up the iPhone and iPad. This year alone, Apple will supposedly buy $11B worth of components from Samsung.
The source discusses Samsung’s interests in advancing technologies, instead of just churning-out the same things as everyone else. To that end, he referenced the company’s new PLS LCD technology for cheap, high-visibility-angle displays, and claimed that Samsung was preparing such screens for a smaller iPad that’s yet to be announced.
We’re not sure just where they might end up, but this Samsung source says that his company is trying to become the first supplier of OLED displays for Apple gadgets. He mentions that Apple still isn’t convinced that Samsung could produce the displays in the required quantities, but it’s something we might end up seeing on a future Apple product.