Taiwanese LCD manufacturer Innolux has beaten out rivals Sharp and Samsung in the race to supply 4.7-inch displays for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a Monday report said.
If true, Innolux would join LG Display and Japan Display Corporation as suppliers of 4.7-inch panels for the device, according to Taiwanese newspaper UDN. The report was first noticed by GforGames.
Innolux is thought to have benefitted from Apple's reluctance to expand its reliance on South Korean conglomerate Samsung. The two companies find themselves increasingly at odds — both in the marketplace and in the courtroom — even as Samsung supplies a number of critical parts for Apple, most notably as the fabricator of the A-series processors inside the iPhone and iPad.
Sharp, meanwhile, is believed to have been dismissed after quality issues arose during preliminary test runs. That would represent the second time Apple shunned Sharp this year, after the Japanese company was reportedly ousted from the iPad mini supply chain in March.
There was no word on who Apple would turn to for panels in its rumored larger, 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone. That device is expected to be release late this fall, possibly months after its smaller sibling.