LG fixes iPad 2 display issues and boosts panel shipments

By on September 9, 2011 at 7:45 PM.

LG fixes iPad 2 display issues and boosts panel shipments

In early August, we reported that Apple started boosting its iPad 2 display panel orders with Samsung after LG’s panels failed to meet the iPad maker’s quality requirements. DigiTimes said on Friday that LG has addressed the quality issues and has now boosted its shipments back to their original levels. The South Korea-based company reportedly shipped 4 million 9.7-inch iPad 2 panels during the month of August, up from the 2.4-2.5 million it shipped in July, and it is expected to maintain its current volume through September. Taiwan Economic News said Foxconn-owner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has boosted its projected iPad 2 shipments for the third quarter to 20 million units, although DigiTimes said Apple is expected to ship 12-15 million iPad 2 devices. More →

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Apple looks to Samsung as LG fails to meet iPad 2 display demands, report claims

By on August 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM.

Apple looks to Samsung as LG fails to meet iPad 2 display demands, report claims

Apple will turn to Samsung and Chimei Innolux to supply display panels for its iPad 2 after LG’s panels failed to meet Apple’s quality requirements. The quality issues with LG’s displays forced the company to miss its July monthly shipment goal by 1 million units, DigiTimes said. Reportedly, LG’s LCD backlight units failed during Apple’s drop tests. LG had hoped to ship 4 million LCD units per month during the third quarter, but only shipped an estimated 2.5-2.6 million units in July. Samsung, by comparison, provided the Cupertino-based firm with two million displays, or twice its monthly average. Chimei Innolux shipped 450,000 units during the month and the company has a new monthly shipment goal of 1 million – 1.5 million units. Despite quality issues, LG is expected to remain the top supplier of LCD displays, and rumor has it the Korea-based company is also working on new Retina screens for the next-generation iPad. More →

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Display panel for Apple’s iPad 2 acquired; lighter, thinner, smaller border?

By on February 3, 2011 at 1:23 AM.

Display panel for Apple’s iPad 2 acquired; lighter, thinner, smaller border?

The gang over at 9to5Mac have acquired, what they are reporting to be, a display panel for Apple’s next generation iPad — oft referred to as the iPad 2. The panel is over 1mm thinner than the one used in the current iPad, “lighter,” and has a smaller border-footprint. More evidence that this panel could be authentic: the serial number of the new display (P097X02-SLN1) begins with the same eight characters as the current iPad display (LP097X02-SLA3). The blog notes that it obtained the display from iFixYouri — an iPhone 4 repair service — and that it is unable to identify whether this is a “Retina” display or not. Although, using the serial number, a commenter on the post surmised that the panel is a LG Phillips 9.7-inch XGA 1024 x 768 H-IPS display (we have no way of independently verifying this). What do you think? Would Apple release its next iPad without the infamous Retina display? More →

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T-Mobile tests cell site powered by the sun

By on September 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM.

T-Mobile tests cell site powered by the sun

GigaOM is reporting that T-Mobile is testing a completely solar-powered cell phone tower here in the States. The single tower — located in Chalfont, PA — generates enough power to keep the site off the grid and, at times, feed power back into the country’s aging electrical system. Pike Research estimates that 4.5% of all cellular stations worldwide will use solar or wind energy by 2014. The report indicates that although the tower does cost 2 to 3 times more than the standard, grid-powered equivalent, savings in the long run — in electricity, tax benefits, and initial setup costs — could very well make up for the difference over the life of the tower. Hit the read link for the full report. More →

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Images of fourth generation iPod Touch screen suggest front-facing camera

By on August 6, 2010 at 9:21 AM.

Images of fourth generation iPod Touch screen suggest front-facing camera

MacRumors is reporting that they have acquired images of the front LCD screen for the yet-to-be-released fourth generation Apple iPod Touch. The upper ribbon-cable that connections the display to the logic board reads “Apple 2010″ and the part looks extremely similar to the screen used by the iPhone 4. The front panel also has a gap where a front-facing camera would presumably go. We are starting to wonder how Apple is going to market the new iPod Touch, and what the fate of the older hard-drive based iPod will be. Any guesses? More →

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The Future of Media: 2010 panel discussion

By on May 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM.

The Future of Media: 2010 panel discussion

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I am really excited to share that I will be speaking on a panel taking place at NYU on June 8th during Internet Week with pretty good company — Dan Abrams, Arianna Huffington and some other great folks. It is put together by Patrick Phillips of I Want Media, and if you are thinking of attending my first public appearance (yes, that sounds funny to my ears as well), I would act soon as seating is very limited. More →

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