Larger 6.46″ OLED 2018 iPhone X(s) Takes The Lead As Apple Orders 45 Million Display Panels ; Yield Problems Plague LCD iPhone 9
It's no secret that this year Apple will launch its biggest iPhone to date. The company has come a long way since Steve Jobs' hatred of larger displays and is now conforming to market pressures and new technology. OLED displays are the talk of the town for Apple and the company has coupled its display upgrade with Facial recognition via Face ID. Now, it will offer different mixes of the same specifications to cater to a wider variety of users. Today, we've got more information for Apple's largest iPhone in its history, the 6.5" iPhone X(s) Plus. Take a look below for more details.
Apple Orders 45 Million 6.5" OLED Panels Presumably For The iPhone X(s) Plus; Supply Chain Repeats Claims Of An iPhone 9 Delay
At the start of this month, a Korean analyst claimed that Apple has run into production problems with the 2018 LCD iPhone (tentatively dubbed as the iPhone 9). At the time, Korean publication The Bell claimed that Japan Display and LG (Apple's LCD suppliers) are encountering light leakage problems with the iPhone 9's LCD panels.
Today, the same publication is back with some more information for Apple's 6.5" OLED iPhone X(s) Plus' panel orders and the iPhone 9. According to The Bell, Apple has ordered 45 million 6.46" and 25 million 5.8" OLED panels from Samsung. The company has also decreased its LCD panel orders down to 30 million, which is less than half of 70 million units expected at the start of the year.
The report also provides more reasons behind the cutback in Apple's LCD orders. While it's reported that Cupertino will rely on the iPhone X(s) Plus to boost sales, this isn't the case. Rather, Apple's playing it safe and choosing to focus on the larger iPhone as problems with the True Depth notch stabilize on the 6.04" LCD panels. Both the larger OLED iPhone and the LCD iPhone will require different manufacturing approaches from Apple, who has already suffered from yield problems on the iPhone X last year.
At the moment, the root of Cupertino's LCD woes is its notch, as makers are struggling to reach sufficient yields with the shape. Therefore, Apple is increasing focus on 6.46" OLED panels only initially and for the time being. Sources expect that as soon as LCD problems are resolved, Apple will move back to LCD. After all, the iPhone 9 is expected to form the backbone of the company's smartphone strategy in 2018. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.
Source: The Bell