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12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 Said to Employ Samsung Display Panels

by Todd Haselton | September 30, 2014September 30, 2014 7:00 am PDT


Apple introduced its new crop of iPhones during a press event earlier this month, where it unveiled the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, but we’re still waiting to hear news on fresh iPads. A new report from DigiTimes on Tuesday, which cites inews24 from Korea, suggests that Apple has tapped Samsung to provide new panels for two new iPads and that the South Korea-based company will start shipping the parts by the end of this year.

The report says Samsung is shipping new 9.7-inch displays, likely bound for the rumored iPad Air 2 which may sport a faster A8 or A8x processor, Touch ID and new iOS features that allow users to run two applications side-by-side. Additionally, Samsung is reportedly set to provide larger 12.9-inch panels for the oft-rumored iPad Pro, a larger iPad that may also have a focus on productivity.

“Samsung will reportedly dedicate most supply from a 5G Plane to Line Switching (PLS) line to Apple and begin making shipments before the end of 2014,” inews24 said, according to DigiTimes.

The most recent rumors surrounding Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro suggest the device will launch early next year, though some pundits are still expecting some sort of event in October where Apple may announce the release of OS X Yosemite and some of its other iPad devices. Keep in mind that we learned yesterday that Apple is apparently already testing iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, all at the same time, and one of those operating systems may be bound for the iPad Pro.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...