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Samsung may become Apple’s chief supplier of flexible OLED displays for future iPhones

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Samsung may become Apple’s chief supplier of flexible OLED displays for future iPhones
What, Apple might use AMOLED displays in the iPhone going forward? Well, yes, if persistent rumors are to be believed, as it has been reported several times now that companies like Samsung, LG, Japan Display and AUO are competing for Apple's attention because on potentially huge orders of AMOLED screen panels for upcoming iPhones.

The latest rumor from Korea is that Samsung has won Apple's nod on the procurement of flexible AMOLED panels, and will invest no less than $7.47 billion in the next year or two in plants and equipment to manufacture them. Samsung already had plans for AMOLED lines expansion, but this investment seems to be much higher than previously thought, indicating that it may indeed be supplying OLED panels for other phone makers, like Xiaomi, Huawei and, well, almighty Apple.

Apple has been rumored to switch to OLED technology for a while, though a reputed analyst cautioned this won't happen with the iPhone 7, but will likely arrive with the eventual iPhone 8 at the earliest. Back in the fall we heard that Samsung is in talks with Apple on being a major supplier of AMOLED screens for the next iPhones, and that latest rumor now indicates this may already be a done deal. 

Still, Apple seems to be hedging its bets when it comes to OLED display procurement, as it was also reported to probe Japan Display and AUO as alternative suppliers, while LG is already selling it the flexible screen on the Apple Watch. We asked you last year if you would like to see AMOLED displays in future iPhones, and more than 60% of the respondents said yes, while 25% didn't care, as long as it works. Moreover, this type of display technology is getting on par with LCDs in terms of costs, so the future seems to be bright for the OLED crowd.

source: ETNews via G4Games

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posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:19 8

1. suavemezie (Posts: 83; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Apple don't have a choice

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:25 5

4. bucky (Posts: 2472; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


they are both in bed with each other.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:27

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They have a choice.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Report-Apple-to-help-AU-Optronics-become-an-AMOLED-supplier-for-future-iPhones_id77372
And there's lg as well.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:38 6

8. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


But their technology is far depart from samsung oled

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:57 4

9. bucky (Posts: 2472; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Ill take samsung hardware in my iphone over LG or any other and Im sure Apple would too.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 18:12

19. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Oh For Sure.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 09:58 2

14. janis (Posts: 292; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


samsung will provide old OLED displays to iphone form old Samsung phones, since iphones use 750p, i think galaxy s1 was same resolution, but i am not so sure :D

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 04:36

21. Shocky (unregistered)


Amusing, but the Galaxy S display was horrible, only 480 x 800 with Pentile.

Galaxy Alpha would probably be the closest in terms of resolution and size.(720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi)

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 15:54

18. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 275; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


But please only Super AMOLED! Everything below Super AMOLED is worse than what Apple currently offers with LCD. Super AMOLED however, is better than Apple's current LCDs.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:25 1

2. submar (Posts: 415; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


THEIR innovative screen and tech when they announce

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:25

3. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Sammy makes the best oled displays so thats a given.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:28 5

6. twens (Posts: 962; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


This only proves one more point that Samsung is ahead of the industry when it comes to hardware tech. I always ask myself how a note 5 running iOS would feel like. The hardware is top notch, not that I have anything against android but I feel the platform doesn't do the company much justice. Just my opinion.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:58 4

10. bucky (Posts: 2472; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Samsung is certainly ahead in hardware.

Where they are terrible is software. Not just their phones but TV's as well. They just dont optimize. Software is where apple rules.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 09:55

13. mrochester (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


This a thousand times. Samsung have always had great hardware (other than a period of really cheap feeling devices) but has always been hampered by Android. If only we could put iOS on a Galaxy S6 that would be brilliant.

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:24

23. mitchytan92 (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


Yeah. If Apple and Samsung work together and sell the same a phone with shared profit, damn it will be crazy.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 07:29 9

7. Hallyu (Posts: 329; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Finally Apple realizes that Retina display is sub-par compared to Samsung's SuperAMOLED. But wait, is it a little too late? And Apple will claim it's revolutionary as usual. lol

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 09:06

11. jove39 (Posts: 1827; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


At last apple realizes OLED display technology (efficiency wise) has caught up with LCD. I'd like OLED display in iPhone 7.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 10:28 1

15. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Without Samsung there wouldn't be an iphone.

The only thing apple have with there iphones is a good marketing team, hence the sales and the amount of people who are brainwashed.

Samsung will always be top and innovative. End off

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 11:47 1

16. sissy246 (Posts: 704; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I know Samsung is in business to make money, but I wish they didn't have to sale sh!t to icrap.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 12:23 2

17. ameran (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I like to make 2 points:

1- Isheeps have been calling flexible MOLED displays a gimmick, since it was introduced by Samsung. They will call it revolutionary technology if Apple would use it in future iToys.
2- Apple will use this technology, but rename it to iBent Display and call it revolutionary display.

I am really sick of these people and this corrupted company.

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 18:49 1

20. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


In oled tech, lg >>>samsung>>>>who cares. I hope lg becomes major supply coz samsung is good at being no.2 rather than no.1 which is pretty good since they are no.2 in every asepct of tech at least

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 04:53

22. Shocky (unregistered)


If LG are #1, why do their flagship phones feature IPS displays?

posted on 15 Jan 2016, 10:27

24. mitchytan92 (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


From where you get the info that LG's OLED tech is better than Samsung?

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