Apple may take OLED panel production in own hands to reduce reliance on Samsung
According to a new report by Korean publication ET News, Apple has procured a number of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines that are used in OLED manufacturing with the intention to set up its own panel line in Taiwan. Although previous reports suggest that Apple's partnership with Samsung may continue throughout 2018, when Apple is expected to introduce three iPhone models featuring OLED displays, the Cupertino-based company is taking a decisive step toward diversifying supply beyond its Korean tech rival.
This year's iPhone lineup is expected to feature a major redesign with an OLED display, as well as two LCD S-models to refresh last year's 7 and 7 Plus, but starting 2018, Apple is expected to shift toward OLED-only manufacturing. This would mean that Apple would need a much greater supply of panels to sustain its iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch lineups.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is also reportedly in talks with LG Display to set up a new manufacturing facility dedicated to supplying its lines, but ET News' report claims that Apple has yet to validate LG's OLED panels. LG is currently supplying Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi and Google with OLED panels.
source: DigiTimes via 9to5Mac