Apple’s dependency on Samsung to supply OLED displays for iPhone will end soon. Recently, the leaked reports indicating that the LG will supply over 2 million OLED screens to Apple this year. That’s because of there is a rumor that Apple is making 6.5-inch iPhones and they need over millions of OLED screens this year. That will potentially decrease the manufacturing cost also for flagship iPhones.
LG will supply over 2 million OLED screens to Apple – Reports
As per Bloomberg, LG will be the new OLED display supplier for Apple to reduce the dependence of Samsung Electronic Co. and it will also help to reduce the cost per unit of high-end iPhones.
The report claims that LG will supply over 2 million OLED screens to Apple this year of around 2-4 million units. But this doesn’t mean that only LG will be the sole provider. Apple preferred Samsung as a first supplier and LG will be the second one.
The third model could be a cheaper 6.1-inch iPhone with the similar design but it might be an LCD displayed phone. So, the wide-range of Apple device screens needs some cost-cutting also and that’s why Apple is seeking to reduce around $110 to $100. However, LG is getting some issues for that huge amount of production and will manage to provide only 2-4 million displays for now. LG will start the production from July 2018 and the new iPhones could be revealed in September in this.
Quantity and Cost Price Compatibility
As per Digitimes report, Apple could acquire 100 million OLED panels from Samsung in 2018. From that total quantity, almost 25 million is already used in iPhone X and now 75% is remaining. Apple is supposed to launch three new models in this year – one will be the 5.8-inch model and another will be a premium 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus smartphone variant. But Apple is pushing Samsung to reduce the pricing of OLED displays.
One thing is clear that LG will be the sole provider for 6.5-inch iPhone OLED displays for now and if Samsung Electronic Co. won’t consider reducing cost per unit then this could affect to Samsung’s display selling. Apple already invested $2.7 billion in LG OLED display production for new iPhones. While Sharp Electronic Corporation is also in the list as an alternative display provider.
Researchers are worried about this move of Apple because the LG screens already have got a bad reputation after providing some performance issue on the Google Pixel 2 XL. As we have already heard that Google Pixel 2 XL devices are facing some screen burn-in issue. The screen burn-in issue means if your screen is off still, the images linger on the screen and it’s quite visible which shows badly in terms of OLED panels and flagship devices. If LG couldn’t solve this screen burn-in issue then the users will prefer to go for the older iPhone (Samsung’s OLED panel).