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Report: Foxconn to produce OLED screens for the Apple iPhone and Apple Watch by the end of 2015

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Report: Foxconn to produce OLED screens for the Apple iPhone and Apple Watch by the end of 2015
Back in November, we told you that Foxconn was shelling out $2.6 billion to build a factory that would churn out display panels for Apple. On Wednesday, some new information about the plant was released by way of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. That happens to be one of the leading Japanese newspapers. Surely you remember what a newspaper is, right?

The report states that the factory, which is a joint venture between Foxconn and Innolux, will turn out OLED screens for Apple's smartphone and wearable products. For now, the latter category consists of the Apple Watch, for which LG is the main source of flexible displays.

It would seem that Apple is planning on making a switch from the LCD glass that they have employed on the iPhone since day one, to OLED screens. The factory isn't expected to be in operation until late 2015, which means that we probably won't see any such change on the iPhone screen until the Apple iPhone 7 is released in 2016. That assumes that this year's iteration of the device will be the Apple iPhone 6s.

Most of you already know that Foxconn is a leading contract manufacturer and is responsible for the assembly of a majority of each year's iPhone models, although that is rumored to change this year. Innolux is one of the largest LCD display manufacturers in Taiwan, and happens to be owned by Foxconn. It's called the Circle of Life.

Thanks for the tip!

source: MacX via GforGames

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posted on 07 Jan 2015, 07:46 9

1. SIGPRO (Posts: 1377; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Instanty the pirce will go up! Apple please go back to the drawing board and develop some new innovative stuff. Because these minor upgrades are just crap.
But hey i know you are just doing minor upgrades because people will buy it anyway.
So this way Apple can make big profit, probaly they will say we have the first phone with oled screen. Look at our innovation we are the best.........sure!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 07:58 1

3. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


you cant expect them to be creating innovative stuff everytime. they made apple watch recently, new macs and what not. they have a wide range of devices to work on. theyre made something, they add little by little, refining it with different models. though this will be minor upgrade, it will be worthwhile in long run. adding all at once, also ruins the business.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 05:30

31. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Can you come up with anything innovative they've done the last 5 years? Didn't think so. They're good at copying and pretending it's theirs is all.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:07 3

5. slh163 (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 May 2014)


"the first phone with oled screen"!!?...you think samsung nokia motorola all this years before they been using something else instead of oled panels??

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:51 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 19794; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"Crap"? Tell that to Apples stock price. It indicates, theyre doing pretty well with their direction.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 09:09 8

11. tech2 (Posts: 3353; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Good stock price doesn't mean they're innovating. Re-read his comment.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:43 6

19. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


now ppl will say that OLED or AMOLED is the best.... before it was worst with incurrate colors and burn ins bcoz samsung is the main producer

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:26 1

18. Iodine (Posts: 1305; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


When last time the price of the iPhone wen't up ?

And what minor upgrades are you talking about ?
What's a big upgrade to you ? A hearthrate sensor ?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 14:26

21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


The top iPhone 5s model went for $750, the top iPhone 6 model (6, not the 6 Plus) went for $850. They did increase the screen size, but so did the Moto X from 2013 to 2014, as well as every other meaningful spec, and the price actually went down from 2013 ($620 for the top model) to 2014 ($550 for the top model).

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 21:22

29. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2139; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


You forget that the top 5S had 64GB of storage (and was $850) whereas the top 6 is 128GB and also $850? There was no price raise at all.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 22:44

30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


When I did a search for the launch price of a 5s 64GB model, all I got for results was for the iPhone 6. So I assumed that they didn't have a 64GB model. Since I don't follow Apple products that closely, I wasn't sure if they were still on 32GB or not.

But even though they didn't raise the price, it doesn't change the fact that the Moto X was upgraded in almost every way, and still managed to lower the price $70.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 07:58 2

2. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Did I hear it right...OLED on iPhone???

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:20 1

6. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


hmmm smells like good :P

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 19:22 1

24. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3262; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


hmmmm smells like samsung got a stalker bigger screen square oled or amoled then foled then pen, seems like apples is trying to copy samsungs more and more every year

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:01 1

4. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2250; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


OLED on iPhone ? Oh please be true!!

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:38 8

8. Donone41 (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


I'm happy for you that Apple is doing this, but they're just following the leaders In technology today. Kudos to Samsung and LG, the real innovators.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:38 1

7. Lampriya (banned) (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


LG sold OLED tech. to China firms without good thinking. In the future, those firms will smoke both LG and Samsung OLED display category. :(

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 08:42 1

9. Donone41 (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


You think? Stop it.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 19:25 1

25. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3262; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


hahahaha lampriya please do you know anything about oled tech and foled and amoled tech and old it is its been 10 years since the first foled demo unit oled almost 14 years, now samsung is on nano quantum tech china is not coming any time soon they will die from pollution first

posted on 15 Jan 2015, 15:22

36. bigboss11 (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


OLED and Quantum dot are two very different approaches to display tech. Quantum dot won't replace OLED, it will merely replace LED backlighting.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 09:44

12. UglyFrank (Posts: 1581; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I hope not

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 09:59 9

13. RoboticEngi (Posts: 588; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Omg, noW we Are gonna listen to all the apple boys about how great oled suddenly is.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:34 1

14. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm sure their OLED will be class-leading. Hear me out... Apple doesn't generally put unproven tech in their devices. They may have wanted to use OLED before, but the tech still needed to mature. Now that the Note 4 has proven AMOLED can have accurate colors and good outdoor visibility, it's ready for the iPhone.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 11:54 5

15. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


And you think that foxconn and inolux will make class leading oled displays just like that???
Samsung has worked very hard on oled and they succeedes...no one is close to them....even lg isn't..
So you can only dream of CLASS-LEADING oled displays in ip7 if this this true...

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:11

16. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Well, that's why we're still talking 1-2 years out. Just because Samsung doesn't have direct competition today doesn't mean they won't ever. Apple doesn't take chances when it comes to display tech.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 14:32 1

22. Finalflash (Posts: 2777; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Sadly, Apple doesn't take chances at all and that is why they are behind in every department now. Steve Jobs wasn't afraid to fail, Tim Cook is. Apple is now behind in almost everything including their former strengths such as display, battery, camera and stability compared to Android and WP equivalents.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 19:26 1

26. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3262; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


try 5 years rolde before they even get close by then samsung will be past that and on constant foled screens

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 05:32

32. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


It doesn't? How about that awesome sapphire glass in your iPhone? Oh, right. They f**ked up majorly there.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 12:12

17. Iodine (Posts: 1305; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


The display will be custom designed by Apple like everything, so why it shouldn't be CLASS-LEADING ?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 13:43 1

20. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It's one thing to custom design a screen resolution or even a CPU. AMOLED is a technology. They can't custom design brighter blue OLED subpixels.

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 07:42

33. Iodine (Posts: 1305; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Why ?
If they can create the smartphone itself with multitouch, if they can kick entire smartphone bussines in ass with a 64-bit superchip a year before competition, if they can design a super-secure and easy to use payment solution, the thinnest superphone on the planet, the best displays on the planet, why they couldn't design an breaktrough oled display ?

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 19:28

27. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3262; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


because patents come into play that stop apple from stealing samsungs tech they can back end it as much as they want but they dont have a a base to start from and now the fail line,

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 11:59

34. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Because their products are only class leading to your Apple fanboy eyes. Their 750p is a big joke to myself and many others. Lol

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 18:14 2

23. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 471; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Apple fans say AMOLED colors are innacurate, so they will buy OLED iPhones.

posted on 07 Jan 2015, 19:38 1

28. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3794; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Hopefully for Apple users that isn't the case. Apparently OLED (or Passive Matrix OLED) screens take more voltage to run and have a shorter lifespan.

http://www.oled-info.com/pmoled-vs-amoled-whats-difference

posted on 08 Jan 2015, 20:44

35. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


So are the Apple fans that hate OLED going to not buy the new iphones if they use this technology now? Good times. It should be interesting to see how that goes.

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