Samsung and LG to face competition for iPhone OLED panel supply, Sharp and Japan Display entering the race

Samsung’s display division may have been the sole OLED panel supplier for Apple in 2017, yet there are strong indications that things are about to change this year. Recently, it became clear that LG Display could be taking a piece of the iPhone pie in 2018, but if a new report is anything to go by, other manufacturers also harbor ambitions of providing panels for future Apple smartphones. 

According to information from DigiTimes, Japan Display (JDI) and Sharp will try to compete with Samsung and LG for Cupertino’s business. Foxconn-owned …


Apple's AirPods are the best-selling wireless headphones despite supply bottlenecks

Reputable Apple analyst Gene Munster quipped not long ago that the AirPods may turn out to be bigger than the Apple Watch in terms of sales and profits, and it turns out that his opinion might have been prophetic. Research firm NPD reported yesterday that so far in 2017 there have been more 900,000 truly wireless headphones sold in the US. Despite the rich competitive landscape from the likes of Sony, Braghi or Samsung, Apple’s $159 AirPods have accounted for the whopping 85% of total US sales of wireless headphones here in the US.
Since they were released in December, …

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S9 to get most of the initial Snapdragon 845 supply

This spring’s Android flagship crop was in large part dictated by Samsung and its decision to hoard the entire initial Snapdragon 835 supply for the North American version of its Galaxy S8. As a result, LG decided to use the last-gen Snapdragon 821 in its G6 instead, while others, including HTC, Xiaomi, and Sony, had to release their devices later.

And it seems this tactic worked well for the Korean giant, which is now rumored to do the very same thing in 2018 with the Snapdragon 845 and its next flagship, the Galaxy S9. The information comes from a …

OLED iPhones may be here to stay, Apple tipped to front LG $2.7 billion for a supply line

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.

The $2.7 billion sum is said to be an advance payment by Apple for securing a production line dedicated entirely to iPhone displays, starting in 2019. Rumor has it that the 2018 Apple …

The iPhone 8 could start shipping in October/November, but supply may be limited for months; ‘Face ID’ to replace Touch ID?

The upcoming anniversary iPhone that Apple is expected to unveil this autumn, dubbed the iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, are arguably the most rumoured and anticipated handsets this year. However, related tips and leaks have often been contradictory and quickly rebutted by consecutive speculations, but that’s the case with pretty much any hotshot flagship lineup.

Yesterday we reported that Apple’s 2017 set of iPhones is already on the production belts and that the iPhone 8 will not arrive later than the ‘S’ variants, unlike what previous rumours had suggested. The leak also …

Could the iPhone 8 have a large battery indeed? LG tipped to supply L-shaped cells for the 'iPhone 9' as well

A new report out of Korea claims that Apple has tasked LG Chem to be an exclusive supplier of “L-shaped” batteries for next year’s iPhone 9, or whatever Apple decides to call it. While it is still early in the game to talk about a 2018 iPhone, the one that is about to be announced this fall is likely already a done deal for Apple in terms of development, and now the eyes are on the next challenge.
While Apple likes to diversify suppliers (currently sourcing batteries from four different makers), the industry source claims that LG Chem has emerged as …

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: Samsung to double OLED panel supply for iPhone 9

We’re still about 4 months away from the announcement of this year’s iPhone models, but it looks like Apple is already acting to secure display panels for its future handsets.

A hot new report from The Bell suggests that Cupertino and Samsung have recently signed a deal for the shipment of more than 180 million OLED panels, which will be used for the creation of Apple’s 2018 flagship, tentatively called the iPhone 9. This is more than twice the amount which Sammie’s display division has allegedly agreed to produce for 2017, in which Tim Cook & …

LG Innotek to supply brand-new facial recognition front camera modules for the next iPhone

Korean media reports LG Innotek is supplying Apple with facial recognition cameras for upcoming iPhone(s). LG’s semiconductor division, also responsible for imaging sensors, has its work cut out for the foreseeable future. Reportedly, the company poured as many as $238.5 million into a brand new facility built solely to handle Apple orders.

Since 2016, the iPhone maker and LG Innotek have been co-developing a 3D facial recognition camera system designed for security and entertainment applications. The technology is going to be entirely new. Existing facial recognition solutions, such as …

Huawei admits using different memory chips on the P10 and P10 Plus, blames shortage in supply chain

There’s been quite a ruckus lately regarding Huawei’s new flagship smartphones, the P10 and P10 Plus, as many consumers have found out that these devices perform differently when it comes to storage speeds.

We’ve explained in our previous report that many P10 and P10 Plus users have noticed major discrepancies in the storage speeds on their devices. Basically, the sequential read speeds of the P10 and P10 Plus significantly vary between 700MBps and lower than 300MBps.

The reason behind these discrepancies is the fact that Huawei had used different combinations …