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[Reuters] Apple may invest $1 billion in Sharp LCD plant

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(Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to invest in a Sharp Corp factory to secure a supply of LCD screens for iPhones and iPads, sources said, triggering expectations Apple may step up orders to Japanese parts makers.

The proposed move, along with an investment in a new LCD factory of Toshiba Corp, comes as Apple and key supplier Samsung Electronics battle in courts over patent disputes, spurring talk that Apple may diversify suppliers.
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I remember people here saying that Samsung would never stop supplying Apple because Apple bought so many screens and how Apple could just switch to another supplying. Well this just goes to show that it's gunna cost Apple a lot to switch suppliers, not everyone has the capability to manufacture like Samsung.
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well tbh samsung is the leader in screen making right now. So there screens just went down the drain with sharp. I remembered reading somewhere that apple wanted to use the better res screens for there ipad 2 and samsung said no. Samsung used them for there galaxy tab 10.1
    
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This goes in nicely with Apple's future plans of Apple Branded LCD TVs.
 
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Hahaha Samsung told apple to get lost tongue.gif . Now the iphone/pad will have lower end lcds along with their dated tech. Nyeahhh Nyeahh Nyeahh Mmmmmmmm
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So I am guessing Sharp and Toshiba are kind of the same? Also this is the start of a Apple TV (not the little box) but the actual 21" to 55" TV's.... This could be huge...
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I have a VERY strong feeling that Samsung is going to give them the finger.

Considering they don't ONLY make the screens...

I would too, personally.

Smart move by Apple but, now you've taken an *ahem* where you eat...So, what's next? Buy Samsung, itself, maybe?
Yeah totally... Apple buys Samsung (group) when Samsung is revenuing nearly 61% of Apple's Market Cap (aka number game, and meaningless last I recall) and about 307% more revenue then Apple.

Hell Samsung Electronics (one of the companies forming the conglomerate) also the one Apple is suing revenues nearly 2 times of Apple, and on hand has 118 billion dollars in assets compared to Apple's 75B.
If anyone is buying anyone Samsung group will buy Apple, with their 317 billion dollars in assets, and who knows how much more in hidden assets they do not make public.
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Oh great, i smell LCD patents.
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I smell a downfall of Apple products and am so thankful for this. Samsung should have told Apple to piss off a long time ago. Great job, Apple, and piss off your supplier for LCD screens, memory, SSDs, and processors.
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I don't know why Apple hasn't set up their own LCD production facilities a long time ago. Instead their spending all their money on some stupid circle building somewhere in the states that is just a really big office building.

Good for Samsung though on not wasting time with Apple, I have at least 5 panels in my house made by Samsung. Two TV's and three computer monitors. The oldest dates back about 4 or five years and is a 720p plasma and it still works great today.
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