The iPhone X is official, and it marks the most radical redesign the iPhone has seen since its original release 10 years ago. With its pixel-dense display with a resolution of
The LG V30 is coming out pretty soon — first in South Korea, and later in the rest of the world — and from all we’ve seen so far, there’s a lot to like in it. But its biggest feature is also the one that most sets it apart from its V series predecessors: the FullVision OLED display.
After the word got out about Apple’s decision to move to flexible OLED displays with the upcoming iPhone 8, news of panel shortages started flying around pretty quickly, with some people going as far as claiming the company’s upcoming premium won’t make it in time for the traditional mid-September launch. But while that latter part is almost certainly false, flexible OLED shortages sure seem to be a real problem, and also one that will continue existing for the next few years, according to a new report from Chinese research firm Sigmaintell.
For Japan Display, the company is in a rather tough financial condition. Even though smartphones continue to sell, Japan Display’s LCD panel business for the connected devices cannot make up for the company’s late entry into OLED displays. And even Apple, which has stood by its LCD screens since the unveiling of the very first iPhone in 2007, is experimenting this year with one of its handsets. The tenth-anniversary Apple iPhone 8 will likely become the first iOS powered device to carry an OLED screen, leaving the Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus to carry on this year with LCD panels.
It seems that Apple is having an issue with the OLED panels being made for the production of the Apple iPhone 8. The tenth anniversary model is a premium version of the handset, and for the first time it will employ an OLED panel instead of using an LCD screen. A Weibo post by Foxconn Vice President Luo Zhongsheng (who is a legitimate executive of the company) reports that 40% of the OLED panels received by the contract manufacturer are failing to meet the grade at Foxconn because of the specific way that Apple wants the material cut.
The Foxconn executive noted that with this special cut …
Samsung Display seems to be the main OLED panel supplier for Apple’s next generation iPhone, which is the main reason the South Korean company invested quite a lot of money into bringing in equipment for is A3 plant and constructing back-end process lines in Vietnam.
According to sources in the industry, Samsung Display finished testing all its seven lines that produce OLED panels for Apple’s iPhone and will start operating them on full scale sometime this month.
Amazingly, Samsung Display production capacity of panels for iPhone will increase by 7 fold from …
LG has pushed out a release for Thursday morning (while it is still Wednesday in the U.S.) to make some interesting comments about its next major flagship smartphone release, the unannounced LG V30. LG says that its next new flagship will be the first to use a plastic OLED FullVision display. Can you remember the last LG smartphone that featured an OLED panel? It was the LG G Flex 2 from 2015. LG plans on taking advantage of the fact that OLED screens are perfect for use with VR applications, an area of the smartphone market that is showing growth.
Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile …
LG might be keeping mum on exactly how much may Apple be fronting it for its giant investment in OLED display production, but industry sources are quickly swooping in to fill the void with numbers, as usual. Previously, they speculated that Apple may be responsible for $1.7 billion of the $8.5 billion total OLED panel-making bill, but now they up the ante with a cool billion more.
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.
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 …