Apple diversifying OLED display supplies away from Samsung

As we all know, Samsung is currently the sole supplier of the iPhone X‘s 5.8″ flexible OLED panels, at $70 a pop, and has been hoping to capitalize on Apple‘s new OLED models coming this year, too. Its A3 plant that makes the screens was forced to cut production with idle capacity to spare for the first time after the iPhone X sales didn’t materialize as hoped but has now ramped up production for the 2018 models. 

Apple, in its turn, is reportedly looking to diversify its panel supply away from Samsung. There is plenty of info that it may turn to Japan Display for a flexible 6.1″ LCD panel to be outfitted on a more affordable iPhone in this year’s crop, and to LG as an alternative OLED supplier
Apple has reportedly chosen LG to deliver some of the 6.46″ OLED displays for the rumored new iPhone X Plus model that it is prepping for the fall, and Bloomberg recently reported 2-4 million units from LG are in the wings. The main issue is with LG’s production capacity, which might be improving, as a separate report now pegs the order from Apple to be for 3-5 million panels already. That’s coming straight from an industry exec, who nevertheless didn’t have good things to say about LG and its OLED panels at the current point.



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