Back in April last year, we learned that Apple has secured a three year contract with Samsung
to supply as many as 100 million OLED display panels in total. Given that just the purported OLED iPhone 8
is now expected to generate sales as high as 70 million units overall
, Apple has now reportedly added extra 60 million flexible OLED screens to the contract, at the whopping cost of $4.3 billion.
That's $71 per panel, which is a huge jump from the $40 screens
Apple currently uses in the iPhone 7
, and will inevitably contribute to the rumored $1000+ price
of the upcoming anniversary edition. This also jibes with today's rumor that Samsung may be printing more OLED displays for the Galaxy S8
than the initial batch sales forecast
, as it is trying to ensure adequate supply, provided that Apple's supply contracts have to be enforced in full, and the OLED machines bogged down
for that in the next quarter or two.