Apple Reportedly Working On Its Own OLED Technology To Depend Less on Samsung
It is a well-known fact that Apple is going to use OLED screens for its upcoming iPhone 8. Many reports confirmed that the Cupertino giant has roped in Samsung to supply OLED panels for its device exclusively. However, as Apple is an independent company and it doesn't depend on others for iPhone component, especially when that someone is the direct rival too. As expected, Apple seems to be working on its own OLED technology so that it can reduce dependency on Samsung.
According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple has got new CVD machines and has already setup a research & development unit on Taiwan to get going with the OLED screen technology. The company is going to expand the facility, but it seems unlikely for Apple to manufacture the raw component. Well, this is not the first time when Apple has invested in a facility for research and development of new technology for the mainstream market.
As we pointed out, Apple wouldn't be doing the actual manufacturing of the components; it would rather license or lease its tools to third-party factories like Foxconn or Pegatron. Apple seems to be following the similar strategy for OLED screen for the iPhone 8. It is only wise to have its own unit for the supply of such important component of the device. Reports also indicate that Apple has already got CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) machines that are used for manufacturing OLED panels.
CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) Machines
CVD machines are not easily available, and just one Japenese company, Canon Tokki commands the output. The same company partners with Samsung for the production of display units. By purchasing CVD machines, Apple could have its own supply chain and lend it to other manufacturers for the production of OLED panels. It could also use it for the production of its other devices like iPhones and Apple Watch variants.
Of course, it would take some time for Apple to pan out its plan into real world workings. For the iPhone 8, Apple is already in a deal with Samsung, wherein the latter is expected to deliver at least 160 million OLED panels for the device. The partnership would last for two years. It means that by the time Apple moves on to the iPhone 9, it will have its own facility for delivering OLED panels.