Apple a lurking factor in bidding war over Sharp, report suggests

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The two entities bidding for control of Sharp -- Hon Hai and Innovation Network Corp. -- are both ultimately doing so with Apple as a major factor, a report said on Friday.




While Hon Hai (better known as Foxconn) is widely recognized as Apple's main manufacturing partner, Innovation will likely want to fold Sharp's display business into Japan Display -- another Apple supplier originally formed in 2012, the Wall Street Journal observed. The latter was in fact created from the spun-off display businesses of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi.

Sharp's assets would help to keep Japan Display competitive, particularly since Apple often pits suppliers against each other to minimize costs, and the firm's principal rivals for Apple orders are Samsung and LG Display -- each far larger businesses.

Nationalism might play an important part in the bidding war, since Sharp is also Japanese, while Hon Hai is headquartered in Taiwan with most of its manufacturing in China. Innovation is backed by the Japanese state, and its bid is reportedly favored not just by government officials but many others in the Japanese business world.

Hon Hai's offer is allegedly weaker than initially thought. While its bid is valued at $5.31 billion, a source told the Journal that some $1.9 billion would be used to buy out preferred shares issued by Sharp last year. The shareholders' owners, Mizuho Financial and MUFJ Financial, might not otherwise be willing to let go of a 2.5 percent annual dividend.

Apple already has a significant stake in Sharp's LCD business, specifically related to a factory in Kameyama, Japan dedicated entirely to the iPhone. The company supplied over half of the $987 million needed to transition the facility from HDTV parts to smartphones.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    While Hon Hai (better known as Foxconn) is widely recognized as Apple's main manufacturing partner, Innovation will likely want to fold Sharp's display business into Japan Display -- another Apple supplier originally formed in 2012, the Wall Street Journal observed. The latter was in fact created from the spun-off display businesses of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi.
    Sony? Toshiba? Hitachi? I remember those names along with Sharp ... 
  • Reply 2 of 11
    The fate of IGZO hangs in the balance...
  • Reply 3 of 11
    ksecksec Posts: 1,567member
    Well if they are folding it into JDI then i am all for INC, management at both JDI and INC are much more sensible. Compared to Sharp which is a piece of crap.

    Nothing wrong with Foxconn taking over, but i guess the crash of culture would be a problem.
  • Reply 4 of 11
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    The fate of IGZO hangs in the balance... 
    Also, the fate of LCD technology is the big unexplained thing here. Does it have a future?

    We have to take into account Sony's Z5 phone, which has a >800 ppi, 4K  5.5" screen, said to be the ultimate by some, even in comparison to the best AMOLEDs. Who makes that screen for Sony? Anyone?
  • Reply 5 of 11
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    flaneur said:
    The fate of IGZO hangs in the balance... 
    Also, the fate of LCD technology is the big unexplained thing here. Does it have a future?

    We have to take into account Sony's Z5 phone, which has a >800 ppi, 4K  5.5" screen, said to be the ultimate by some, even in comparison to the best AMOLEDs. Who makes that screen for Sony? Anyone?
    Sony makes it.  I would like to know who has eyesight sharp enough they could  resolve pixels at even 400dpi.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    cnocbui said:
    flaneur said:
    Also, the fate of LCD technology is the big unexplained thing here. Does it have a future?

    We have to take into account Sony's Z5 phone, which has a >800 ppi, 4K  5.5" screen, said to be the ultimate by some, even in comparison to the best AMOLEDs. Who makes that screen for Sony? Anyone?
    Sony makes it.  I would like to know who has eyesight sharp enough they could  resolve pixels at even 400dpi.  
    Someone who's trained their eyes beyond "sharpness" enough to look into the image, as we did to find the difference between the dyes used in Kodachrome vs those used in Ektachrome, to use an easy example. With an in-plane-switched (IPS) LCD of sufficient density, it's like you're looking into the emulsion layer of film again. Almost.

    There's also a big maybe involved, since this stuff is subjective, individual, and based on experience. Not everyone can get it, and it can't be measured, as far as I know.

    Where you absolutely can see it is when you put the phone in a stereo or 3D viewer, and the screen is then under magnification. 2k screens break down into pixels. This one is said not to fall apart at all under typical magnification.

    Just curious, how do you know the display is made by Sony?
  • Reply 7 of 11
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    flaneur said:
    cnocbui said:
    Sony makes it.  I would like to know who has eyesight sharp enough they could  resolve pixels at even 400dpi.  
    Someone who's trained their eyes beyond "sharpness" enough to look into the image, as we did to find the difference between the dyes used in Kodachrome vs those used in Ektachrome, to use an easy example. With an in-plane-switched (IPS) LCD of sufficient density, it's like you're looking into the emulsion layer of film again. Almost.

    There's also a big maybe involved, since this stuff is subjective, individual, and based on experience. Not everyone can get it, and it can't be measured, as far as I know.

    Where you absolutely can see it is when you put the phone in a stereo or 3D viewer, and the screen is then under magnification. 2k screens break down into pixels. This one is said not to fall apart at all under typical magnification.

    Just curious, how do you know the display is made by Sony?
    I did think of saying the only time you might avail of such a resolution would be if you were actually optically magnifying the display, such as with Samsung's Gear VR headset, which makes the very high ppi of the S6 seem somewhat sensible.

    I saw mention of it being 'Triluminous' and containing their 'Bravia' tech.

    "With the Z5 Sony has built in many of its engineering achievements: Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Triluminos technology and X-Reality engines.  All this results in the best possible contrast, with black tones that are darker than any tones offered by the current competition. On the other hand, white tones are still a bit dirty." http://www.notebookreview.com/phonereview/sony-xperia-z5-android-smartphone-review/

    I wasn't aware there were 400+ppi monitors when  Kodachrome and Extachrome were de rigueur.  Learn something new everyday.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    cnocbui said:
    flaneur said:
    Someone who's trained their eyes beyond "sharpness" enough to look into the image, as we did to find the difference between the dyes used in Kodachrome vs those used in Ektachrome, to use an easy example. With an in-plane-switched (IPS) LCD of sufficient density, it's like you're looking into the emulsion layer of film again. Almost.

    There's also a big maybe involved, since this stuff is subjective, individual, and based on experience. Not everyone can get it, and it can't be measured, as far as I know.

    Where you absolutely can see it is when you put the phone in a stereo or 3D viewer, and the screen is then under magnification. 2k screens break down into pixels. This one is said not to fall apart at all under typical magnification.

    Just curious, how do you know the display is made by Sony?
    I did think of saying the only time you might avail of such a resolution would be if you were actually optically magnifying the display, such as with Samsung's Gear VR headset, which makes the very high ppi of the S6 seem somewhat sensible.

    I saw mention of it being 'Triluminous' and containing their 'Bravia' tech.

    "With the Z5 Sony has built in many of its engineering achievements: Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Triluminos technology and X-Reality engines.  All this results in the best possible contrast, with black tones that are darker than any tones offered by the current competition. On the other hand, white tones are still a bit dirty." http://www.notebookreview.com/phonereview/sony-xperia-z5-android-smartphone-review/

    I wasn't aware there were 400+ppi monitors when  Kodachrome and Extachrome were de rigueur.  Learn something new everyday. 
    Interesting review, thanks. Somehow I was led to this one about Triluminos color accuracy:

    http://www.digitalversus.com/tv-television/sony-triluminos-true-natural-colours-not-exactly-n30339.html

    "Learn something new everyday" — even if it's not true, at least it's new. : )
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Sharp probably started the rumor to make themselves worth more. How many times has Apple been “looking” to buy something they never wanted?
  • Reply 10 of 11
    ksecksec Posts: 1,567member
    cnocbui said:
    flaneur said:
    Also, the fate of LCD technology is the big unexplained thing here. Does it have a future?

    We have to take into account Sony's Z5 phone, which has a >800 ppi, 4K  5.5" screen, said to be the ultimate by some, even in comparison to the best AMOLEDs. Who makes that screen for Sony? Anyone?
    Sony makes it.  I would like to know who has eyesight sharp enough they could  resolve pixels at even 400dpi.
    That will be JDI, Sony no longer make any panels.

    And JDI has pretty much eclipsed Sharp in terms of LCD quality. So I not too worried even in Sharp went away.

    BTW Samsung is a shareholder of Sharp as well, one reason why things dont go too well for them with Apple ( at the time ).
  • Reply 11 of 11
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    ksec said:
    cnocbui said:
    Sony makes it.  I would like to know who has eyesight sharp enough they could  resolve pixels at even 400dpi.
    That will be JDI, Sony no longer make any panels.

    And JDI has pretty much eclipsed Sharp in terms of LCD quality. So I not too worried even in Sharp went away.

    BTW Samsung is a shareholder of Sharp as well, one reason why things dont go too well for them with Apple ( at the time ).
    Since Sony is one of the owners of JDI, the hair-splitting is somewhat pointless.
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