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Friday May 27, 2011 2:59 pm

Apple considering Samsung AMOLED panels for iPad 3

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Displays, Handhelds, Rumors

iPad displayA Korean paper is claiming that Apple is teaming up with Samsung to bring its Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display technology to the iPad 3.

A "source" allegedly told The Korea Herald that "Apple wants to tap into Samsung's AMOLED technology for an upgraded version of the iPad 2." The site also claimed that Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook started chatting with Samsung about the possibility of integrating the technology on a recent trip to South Korea, and it pegs the end of the year for the launch of Apple's next-generation tablet.

Apple didn't upgrade the iPad's display with the second iteration of the device it released in March, and rumors about the fabled iPad 3's screen have already started to trickle in. Earlier this month, reports circulated that the next iPad will feature a 3D display.

This is not the first time that there has been AMOLED display buzz. Digitimes said earlier this year that the iPad 3 would have a brighter, higher-resolution AMOLED screen.

Considering Apple recently sued Samsung, claiming patent and trademark infringement, the most recent rumor might not be true.

Additionally, the iPad 3 probably won't be released in 2011. Apple will likely stick to its usual habit and update the iPad annually, which would mean the next iPad's due date would be spring 2012.

While Digitimes is a frequent source of Apple rumors, it recently debunked the myth of a second iPad this year, saying Apple is still in the "initial planning stages" with the device, and releasing the next iPad so quickly would "simply bite off share from iPad 2."

Apple, unsurprisingly, was not available for comment.

This article, written by Leslie Horn, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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