Apple has invested at least $1.7 billion in LG Display's OLED production, industry watchers say

At the end of May news broke out about LG Display’s intention to invest 4 trillion won (~$3.5 billion) to build a new smartphone OLED panel manufacturing facility in its home country of South Korea. But the company apparently wasn’t done with that round of investment, as it mentions in its latest earnings report that it is pouring an additional 9.6 trillion won ($8.5 billion) into its OLED production business — and industry watchers say Apple may have been a key factor in that decision.

The investment consists of two separate parts: 5 trillion won …


Apple may take OLED panel production in own hands to reduce reliance on Samsung

Although Samsung has been widely suggested to be the sole supplier of OLED displays for the upcoming iPhone 8, Apple is actively working toward reducing its reliance on supply from the Korea-based tech giant.

According to a new report by Korean publication ET News, Apple has procured a number of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines that are used in OLED manufacturing with the intention to set up its own panel line in Taiwan. Although previous reports suggest that Apple’s partnership with Samsung may continue throughout 2018, when Apple is expected to introduce …

Xiaomi's next flagship to sport a 6-inch OLED display from Samsung, according to report

If you thought Apple was the sole winner of Samsung Display’s recent expansion of its smartphone OLED display business, think again. A new report from Korean publication The Bell says Chinese powerhouse Xiaomi has recently signed a deal with Samsung for a supply of several million panels for its upcoming 2018 flagship.
The deal reportedly went through following a failed cooperation with LG Display, which fell through due to a delay in the building of a new plant. Curiously, this shift also impacted the unnamed device’s design, as LG’s display …

An iPhone 8 supplier reportedly bails, forcing Apple to spend millions on OLED PCB tools

Apple may not be dealing directly with manufacturing its own phones, but it does not shy away from purchasing production equipment for its suppliers if the situation calls for it, no matter how complex or expensive it is. They did it with the unique machines that polished the glass iPhones, then again by fronting display makers, and now, apparently, they are doing it with the tools to make the rigid-flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCB) needed for the upcoming OLED iPhone 8.

Last we heard about that part, Samsung had allegedly placed an order for 70 million FPCBs with two of …

LG V30 tipped to arrive in Europe with OLED display in tow

We already know that the LG V30 will be announced on August 31, just one day ahead of IFA 2017. Even so, the flagship is expected to be showcased at the trade fair along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, which is supposed to go official on August 23.

There have been many reports talking about LG V30’s specifications, but few are referring to the smartphone’s availability in Europe. As some of your probably know by now, LG did not launch any V-series smartphones in Europe and preferred to bring its G lineup in the region instead.

But that’s not the case any longer, or at least that’s what …

Apple may switch to OLED iPhones in 2018 – a year earlier than predicted

Do you remember how we told you this March that Apple might switch to using OLED screens in all iPhones it produces, by 2019? Well, we’ve received some news from Nikkei today that suggests we could see an OLED-only iPhone lineup, as early as the second half of 2018.

With regards to what we can expect this year, Taipei-based Yutana Investment Consulting has said that it expects that Apple would ship up to 90 million units by the end of 2017, half of which will sport an OLED setup. You know what this means, right?

It means that Nikkei’s allegation from March this …

Apple deciding whether to invest in LG's OLED production?

Just the other day, we told you that Samsung was committing billions of dollars to build factories that would churn out OLED displays for future iPhone models. But Apple being Apple, the tech titan wants to find another source of OLED panels just in case Samsung’s production gets cut off for one reason or another. Having a second source also means that Apple can play each company against each other to obtain better pricing. And let’s face it, Apple likes to buy up as much as it can of certain components, possibly to make it harder for rivals to find a source. Consider how Apple tied up the sapphire …

Samsung to spend big bucks to build plants to supply future Apple iPhone models with OLED panels

Despite the fierce rivalry in the smartphone business that has built up over the years between Apple and Samsung, the truth is that Apple has relied on Samsung to supply certain parts for the iPhone. That relationship continues to this day. Who is supplying the OLED panels for the 10th anniversary model this year? Samsung is, and in the past it has been one of the firms that produced the Apple Ax chipset to Apple’s demanding specifications.

Producing OLED displays for Apple could prove to be a business with legs as far as Sammy is concerned. Back in May, we passed along to you some speculation …

Report: LG V30 might not feature secondary display, concept could be replicated on new OLED screen

With the LG G6, LG made a statement. It no longer wants to be Gyro Gearloose of the smartphone industry, pushing bold innovation that no one outside its focus groups asked for. LG cleaned house, stripped away all the complexity, and introduced one of 2017’s most understated – and all-around pleasant – premium phones. It was a solid strategy, even though displays of clever engineering, such as the LG G5’s removable battery, will be missed by those able to appreciate them.

According to a “trusted source” as cited by the ever diligent XDA Developers, the same revision …

Apple's future iPhones might be the reason for Samsung's rumored OLED super factory

According to insightful industry insiders, Samsung might be poised to build another OLED factory that will essentially reaffirm it as the global leader in OLED display manufacturing. The factory will be built in South Korea in two stages. The first stage of the construction expected to last anywhere between six months to a year and will kick off OLED display panels production sometime in 2019. The second stage of the construction will further expand the new factory and will finish by 2021. The investment is said to cost Samsung some 16.3 trillin Korean Won. 
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