After causing supply constraints of the original iPad mini, it appears that AU Optronics may be losing its place in the hallowed halls of being an Apple display supplier.
According to a report from ETNews, Apple is dropping AU Optronics from its display suppliers for the second generation iPad mini that is expected to be released this fall. LG and Sharp are reportedly already in place to continue on as display suppliers, and Samsung is said to be amongst those competing to replace the replace the outgoing AU supply quota.
Apparently AU Optronics has already missed some production milestones which has led Apple to believe that the production issues that occurred on the original iteration of the diminutive tablet would again pop up. In that particular case, it took the display maker months to catch up after the initial launch leading to supply constraints through out the lucrative holiday shopping season. It is understandable that Apple would want to avoid a similar scenario two years in a row.
The inclusion of Samsung Display as a contender is of course intriguing if you have been following the numerous lawsuits between the two companies. Despite the animosity between the two firms, it seems that the two can get along when it is mutually beneficial.
The second generation iPad mini is expected to be announced in Sept. of this year.