LG Readies OLED Production For Apple; Will Deliver 6.5 Inch Panels Possibly For iPhone 9 Plus In H2
Apple finally, finally made a strong comeback this year. The iPhone X’s launch once again put the company ahead in the flagship smartphone race. Prior to the smartphone, Cupertino seemed to have simply gotten lazy with the iconic lineup. Of course, manufacturing capacity plays a strong role for this delay. Apple simply doesn’t have the manufacturing capacity to manufacture OLEDs to keep up with market demand. And additionally, Face ID isn’t easy to perfect. Now that Apple’s back on track, looks like we’re in for another good year. Take a look below for more details.
LG Will Ship 6.5 Inch OLED Screens To Apple Starting H2; Cupertino Will Diversify Its OLED Supplier Base This Year
The iPhone X is the first smartphone from Apple that features OLED. Cupertino waited on the tech for a while, due to reasons mentioned above and its modus operandi. At the moment, Korean tech giant Samsung is Apple’s sole OLED supplier. This relationship is bound to make a lot of folks uneasy, given how the former considers Apple its primary smartphone rival. And even if the American company doesn’t admit it publicly, Samsung has influenced Apple quite a bit, mostly for the better.
Things will change this year, as LG’s expected to supply Apple with OLED displays as well. However, these won’t be for the iPhone X’s successor. Rumors of edge to edge OLED and Face ID making it to regular iPhones have surfaced since late 2017. Now, looks like they’re materializing. Korean media reports claim that will deliver the displays to Apple starting H2 2018.
The company will produce said panels at its E6 plant in the South Korean province of Gyeonggi. The plant’s full production capacity is 6 million panels per month. Samsung, on the other hand manufacturers 10 million panels per month for Apple. To make things even more difficult for Cupertino, LG’s plant won’t reach full capacity until next year. So looks like the company will depend on Samsung for another calendar year.
Apple’s strategy of outsourcing manufacturing worked well when Steve Jobs returned in the late 90s. Back then, it was all about cutting costs and killing deadbeat units. But Cupertino’s a changed company now. It’s gotta be quite a headache for Tim Cook’s brainchild to manage Apple’s diverse supplier network. Makes us wonder, should Apple heed President Trump’s advice? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest.
Source: The Investor