Apple supposed to own 60% of global touch panel capacity for 2011.
Apple is using its big cash pile to secure components for its devices. This is nothing new. Digitimes reports today that their sources at upstream component makers say that Apple secured close to 60% of the global touch panel supply. The report is not specific on which sizes of panels this includes, but only mentions the iPad and not the iPhone.
So Apple already made sure that no other Tablet will even get close to the iPad market share in 2011. Samsung, LG, Sony, Acer and others have to share the remaining 40% of the panels for their Tablets. Smaller Tablet makers will have according to Digitimes are very hard time to get panels this year.
The new iPad 2 is supposed to be already in production and is expected to go on sale in April.