Apple fronting the largest mobile display maker JDI $1.7 billion for a new iPhone panel plant


Japan Display Inc. - the Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi joint-venture for mobile displays that is backed by the Japanese government - is allegedly ready to receive a giant financial injection by none other than Apple. Reuters sources are citing the whopping $1.68 billion that JDI is ready to invest in the Ishikawa area for building a brand new plant to make mobile displays.

Apple is supposedly ready to front Japan Display the lion's share of this sim, and for a good reason. The insiders revealed that the new plant will be made almost exclusively to supply displays for future iPhones, which can only benefit us consumers, as JDI is the biggest manufacturer of mobile panels in the world. Apple already has an established process of financing companies that have promising products, but not the cash for production expansion. A billion already went to Sharp's production facilities for Apple's tablet displays, though the Japanese still ran into a lot of issues with scaling up the IGZO display tech for the Apple device volumes.

Now, with JDI, Apple might be hedging its bets, weaning itself off LG and Samsung for the iPhone panels, and adding some promising new display technologies as a future option to its iPhone line.

source: Reuters

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47 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nothing beats Super AMOLED

4. Tarox

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

^^This

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Tell that to a consumer who has no idea what amole, led, ips or what so ever means and is. And if amoled was so brilliant on a phone sammy wouldn't loose to Apple. Plus I love that fact that my phone has an ips screen which shows me real colours. So when I take a photo I know 99% it is as it is. Not fake vivid colours that when I put on my pc looks washed out compared to my phone.

10. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Your phone never shows you "real" colours. No IPS screen can ever show you real colour. Most IPS screen are calibrated for standard sRGB colour gamut (all Apple screens are just that). This sRGB is a very basic colour range covering only about 30% of total visible colour range. So, no. Your IPS screen never shows you proper colour, they at best conform to a outdated standard which restricts the gamut to a very narrow range. Even an AMOLED can't show you all the colours, but they they show more colours than it's possible in a typical LCD.

15. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

"Plus I love that fact that my phone has an ips screen which shows me real colours". What about blacks? IPS LCDs Use a backlight, So the blacks aren't real blacks compared to an AMOLED Display.Because IPS LCDs doesn't have the ability to to control each pixels so they don't produce "real" blacks. AMOLED has the control of each pixels so it turns of all pixels to produce "real" blacks and it also saves battery. Bottom Line- AMOLED>LCD

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If you want an accurate display then why dont you want AMOLEDs/OLEDs When calibrated accurately, AMOLEDs/OLEDs are better than IPS in terms of color accuracy Hence why most they are used so much in the camera and film industryhttp://www.dpreview.com/articles/7122225983/an-introduction-to-oledhttp://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note4_ShootOut_1.htm Also Apple is using LG's P-OLED for the Apple Watch I wouldn't be surprised if more Apple products switch to P-OLED

27. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ye cause I have 10.000$ laying around for an accurate color reproduction TV. For now IPS is the way to go if you want great value and accurate coloured monitor. Most of pro monitors are IPS. Cause OLEDS are expensive as f**k. And sammys PHONE amoleds tend to increase the saturation faking all the colours. The TV's are different.

28. Dread

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Amoled screen since Tab S has very accurate color

23. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They don't lose to Apple. Test after test, the screens on the S5 and Note 4 are judged better than the competing iPhone screen. As far "fake vivid colors", both the S5 and Note 4 have better color accuracy than the iPhone, as well as better contrast and whites. That's why Displaymate crowned them the best display on any phone.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The type of display has nothing to do with winning or losing. That's just stupid. Also Samsung isn't losing. I do agree no one cares what type of display is on their device. After all, who would want a backlit battery draining, washed out color display on the iPhone, when you can have the most accurate color display period and uses far less power, has higher pixel density and a higher resolution? Smart people buy the Galaxy Note 4 for example, while the iPhone buyers just buy what is popular with no technical knowledge whatsoever. That's the difference in sales numbers bro. Samsung isn't losing. Samsung sold over 80M phone per quarter for 3 years in a row. Apple does it for one quarter and you all think Christ is making a comeback.

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Paltry compared to 3.6billion Samsung is doing for new AMOLED facility. Atleast someone in investing in a cutting edge display, not the dull boring LCD.

19. Leo999

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

"Japanese news sources also say the factory could eventually be repurposed to build OLED panels"

20. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I get the best of both worlds. I stay with LCD while the AMOLED matures. Once it matures, switch to AMOLED. As a consumer you can have it all if you aren't blinded by brand name BS.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You missed the boat. AMOLED surpassed LCD a year ago.

25. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Coment of the century.

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The best part is QHD rules on amoled but it just works bad for lcd taking big. Battery taker

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What does that mean? Samsung makes the most color accurate display ever. In fact accord to the Kelvin scale, Apple displays are very cold and the colors are less accurate. In fact, they look washed out. While even at a more accurate tone, the AMOLED display Samsung makes and uses is very punchy and pretty. Samsung makes the best AMOLED display. That isn't a fanboy illusion. DisplayMate who actually tests displays and is a reputable unbiased source says it as fact. You should actually read the details of the displays they test. In fact, the display on the Galaxy S5 was also labeled the best display of any OEM and it wasn't beaten until the Note 4 came out. So that means Samsung has now set the bar of how great a display is and everyone else needs to match or beat. That is fact and no I am not a Samsung fan. But I do have a Note 4.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're not a Samsung fan? Dude, who're you trying to convince, us or yourself?

36. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

If you talking about Samsung top of the line Super AMOLED display with diamond pentile matrix in their Note 4, I think you're wrong. Because the best RGB matrix OLED display will produce better image quality than the best Samsung Pentile AMOLED, Samsung even know and admit it.

37. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

And when JDI finally mass produce the WhiteMagic OLED display it will be better than Samsung Super AMOLED at least in terms of brightness (better outdoors visibility), lifespan and power consumtion. If they also using the same tech as the Award-Winning Sony TRIMASTER EL series OLED Monitors, the upcoming WhiteMagic OLED will have no problem to beats Samsung Pentile AMOLED in image quality. But if not... at least the WhiteMagic OLED is still better in 3 important things.

39. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

JDI have made panels for Sony for ages and they're absolute crap.. Apple are well known for using 2 yr old hardware in their devices.. Just shows another cheap cheap bit of hardware so Apple can reap the $$$$ of their userbase

42. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

No you wrong as far as i know the first Sony phone with JDI panel is Xperia Z but that is a TN panel not IPS. But the Z3 series has awesome IPS panel with wide color gamut, high brightness and high contras. Sony only mess up with calibration but that doesn't mean the display is crap. Before you start to talk some sh!t please... try to get as many info as you can! And fyi IPS was developed by Hitachi one of the manufacturers in JDI and right now they have the most advance IPS display called IPS Neo. With all the technology at their disposal, JDI is very capable of producing the best quality panels. But in the end it all depends on the company who ordered the panels.

43. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Settle down with the crap talk Genza Z, Z1, Z1C and Z2 phones all used JDI panels.. I don't dispute the Z3 panel being much better - that's because its not manufactured by JDI lol Who cares about whether Hitachi developed IPS, when the tech is already old and power hungry. LG make some of the best IPS LCD 3 panels in the world surpassing anything JDI or even Hitachi could/can make

46. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Lol... Sony Xperia panels is manufactured by JDI and AUO and usually the panels from JDI is better than AUO.http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/02/19/confirmed-xperia-z1-compact-uses-two-different-display-panels/ Are you kidding LG IPS is sucks they usually more washed out and has low contrast than JDI panels. If you don't believe me you can check the latest LG flagship with IPS display LG G3. JDI also makes panels for HTC One and everyone agree that HTC One have beautiful screen. This is what GSMArena said about QHD JDI panel on Oppo Find 7 "The screen contrast is very good - better than what we saw on the G3" Surpassing JDI my @@$ as far as i know until this day there is no IPS panels from LG is better than IPS Neo from JDI.

48. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

44. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

JDI capable of making the best quality panels? They really need to invest in some decent quality controls and focus on yellow screen / dead pixel minimisation.. After all this seems to be the trend in most JDI screens over the last 2-3 years.

47. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

What are you talking about??? i don't see any yellow or dead pixels in my Z3 or my girlfriend Z3C the color temperature is on the cool side that is why it look blueish but i can fix that with the built in white balance setting if you don't like it. I already show you that JDI makes better LCD panels than pretty much most other major manufacturers so i'm not just talk some cr@p like you do.

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Haven't JDI learnt what happens when you get into bed with Apple - just look at what happened to Apple's crystal glass manufacturer.. I wouldn't touch Apple with a 40' pole, let alone have them essentially buy the company...

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Can't hurt, more competition and more advancement with investment. Better than feeding hundreds of billions to hedge funds as has been Apple's strategy recently.

3. seedorf

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Apple is confused,they dont know wat to do again...

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