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

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

1. Peacetoall unregistered

Even if apple put sub quality cheap chinese oled display in iphone 9 the sheep will get in line to buy it

3. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Are you upset with other peoples purchasing choices?

11. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Tears

2. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

sick names for X, XI...etc. Please use 10, 11, 12...

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Please don't waste the screen real estate, like you're doing with the Plus models, and the X. All that screen, and no split view, picture in picture, or multitasking dock. And Where's the damn Pencil support?

5. fyah_king unregistered

That would be a Note.lol

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's the direction they need to go in.

13. Furbal unregistered

Think they backed themselves into a corner. Theres not many new ways they can implement any new UI features without revamping a ton of things. Look how screwed up the control center and reachability gestures are on the X. iPhone users should prepare for a huge shift in usability, what we're used to is not going to be the norm next year as they try to catch up on software features.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's sorely needed. It simply lacks way too much.

6. fyah_king unregistered

And still with the ugly icons from 2007.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Good luck!!!

17. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

if oled not from Samsung it's a piece of trash, BOE better make good knockoffs for Apple.

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