Apple to diversify from Samsung for flexible, foldable iPhone OLED display supplies

Apple may be moving away from Samsung as OLED iPhone display supplier
Back in February, Bloomberg sources reported that Apple is exploring a partnership with the largest Chinese screen maker, BOE, on potential OLED screen development. At the time, BOE didn't have significant OLED-making capabilities, but now Korean sources tip that the yield situation might be changing. Apparently, BOE is prepping investments in Apple-exclusive production lines for both flexible and "foldable" OLED panels. 

Needless to say, the products that roll off the conveyor belts will need to be checked for quality and consistency by Apple, before we see BOE screens cut to fit the next notch-y iPhone XI and XI Plus, or whatever Apple names them, but the sheer fact that BOE may have decided to go ahead with such a huge investment, is pretty telling.

The tip that BOE is working not only on flexible, but on foldable OLED panels, too, and plans to have their ratio at 50:50 further down the road, coincides with the rumor that Apple is exploring iPhone and iPad prototypes with bendy panels. Samsung is heavily rumored to unveil a foldable Galaxy X next year, so Apple might want to keep its options open should those prove useful or a success.

source: ETNews

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