Apple is supposed to invest into Japanese Sharp to secure display supply for iPad and iPhone.
Apple has a huge pile of cash and since a while they use some of it very wisely in the supply chain. Today Reuters carries a sales note from MF Global FXA Securities that says that Apple is investing $1 billion into Sharp to secure supply of energy-efficient thin screens.
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Apple is supposed to have a similar deal with Toshiba. Both investments are aimed at lowering the dependency from Samsung. Sharp is supposed to have now reached a deal with Apple to supply the displays from the iPhone 6 coming in 2012.
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Sharp's panels have been pricier than the LG and Samsung products. With the investment from Apple this is likely to change. Sharp is also already very active in the glasses-free 3D display sector. Maybe a 3D iPhone will be coming at some point in the next couple of years.