Apple tipped to use LG as a foldable iPhone supplier, since Samsung may leak the design


Samsung may finally be producing its unicorn of a foldable phone in a limited batch, but Apple is taking notice, it seems, as Korean media reports today it has tasked LG with the production of flexible OLED panel and circuit board for an eventual bendy iPhone prototype of its own, some Apple patents for which you can see above. Currently, Apple's OLED screen needs for the iPhone X and, likely, for the 2018 crop, will be supplied by Samsung, but the team from Cupertino may break that monopoly a year or two from now by investing in LG and other smaller OLED makers.

LG will have an OLED display factory ready to fulfill the mass quantities that Apple usually orders no earlier than 2019, but its readiness to make any potential flexible iPhone batches will be stretched even further into the future, around 2020, so, as usual, Apple might wait to see what Samsung does with foldable handsets, and whether these will take off at all, before it jumps the gun on an offering of its own. 

As for why Apple hasn't chosen Samsung, which is way ahead in flexible phone patents and research, and might even have a device on the market next year, the reason is simple. Reportedly, Apple is concerned with leaks from Samsung's conveyor belts that will disclose its own approach towards the eventual bendy iPhones to the arch-rival, and that is why it has chosen LG for the flexible panels and circuits, as it's much less of a threat, both leakswise, and in terms of market share.

source: Korea Herald

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24 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

So samsung spend years and years as well as untold billions perfecting the foldable screen and Apple whack a patent on it and take the credit from all the iDIOTS........ Classic

3. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5483; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

If you even look at the patent, it's not the foldable screen they have a patent on, but how to implement it theoretically in a device. Also, Samsung has a buttload of these patents as well. Only a gullible person would think Apple takes the credit for foldable screens with patents like these

12. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You're a fool if you believe Apple wont be seen by all the iDIOTS as the creator of the foldable phone

17. kiko007

Posts: 7465; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Who cares? Does who gets credit for the creation even matter?

19. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It does to you. So why act like it doesn't?

22. aroutis

Posts: 34; Member since: May 05, 2015

Tell that to Apple who still uses Jobs to sell.

21. aroutis

Posts: 34; Member since: May 05, 2015

sheeple ˈʃiːp(ə)l/Submit nounderogatory people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led. Also known as apple users.

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Classic stupid comment.

9. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Like your's

15. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

And yours!

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple didn't whack a patent on anyone's display technology. The patent is all about HOW THE DISPLAY UNIT INCORPORATES IN TO THE PHONE and thus the practical usage aspect of it.Apple has never ever developed any kind of displays in past and never will ever. Because they produce consumer decides not components for them. And Samsung is not the only display company who has the means and brains to develop awesome high tech displays. LG, Sony, sharp, Toshiba etc.

20. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

"And Samsung is not the only display company who has the means and brains to develop awesome high tech displays. LG, Sony, sharp, Toshiba etc." You are right, Samsung isn't the only one. But they are doing far better than any of them you named and that is fact. Also, Sharp doesn't have the display business anymore. Foxconn bought it and when Foxy learns how to make displays, Apple will move from Samsung to them. But that will take a couple years!

23. aroutis

Posts: 34; Member since: May 05, 2015

With more than 90% in the OLED market and way ahead of everyone in flexible displays, thing is they might as well be the only ones.

5. smguk

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

They should call it iFlop

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Probably because samsung reject apple when they goes to samsung HQ and show this doodle.

7. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

hahaaaa man this is crazy, what? Samsung will leak the innovation of apple foldable displays? between LG and Samsung who is better? Apple man hahaa.

8. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

hahaaaa man this is crazy, what? Samsung will leak the innovation of apple foldable displays? between LG and Samsung who is better? Apple man hahaa.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They're worried it will leak if Samsung helps them when the iPhone 6's entire design leaked ~6 months early

11. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well leaking it is not as bad as the fact they have a headstart on copying it. Whops this one leaked too. #stop the leaks for good please retweet

13. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

So, who leaked this story?

18. iushnt

Posts: 3052; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

my comment no 2 is deleted because I wrote ‘Monkey see monkey do’ seeing Apple is jumping on the flexible phone bandwagon.

24. vagabonti

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

As a real fan of Samsung, it made me funny. :-D

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