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Apple may crawl back to Samsung for iPad mini 2 components

Published Jul 23rd, 2013 7:15PM EDT

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A good component supplier is hard to find. Korean website ETNews reports that Apple has decided to ditch AU Optronics as a component supplier for its second-generation iPad mini and may instead turn back to Samsung as an alternative. An unnamed source tells ETNews that Samsung has already “developed an LCD sample for iPad mini 2” so the two companies have at the very least been in talks about a new component supply deal. A move back to Samsung would make some sense for Apple since earlier reports indicated that the two companies’ intellectual property feuds were to blame for the supply shortages of the original iPad mini.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.