LG to make millions of flexible Plastic OLED displays for the Apple Watch

LG to make millions of flexible Plastic OLED displays for the Apple Watch
Apple and LG seem to have a trusty, healthy relationship on display. Not only has the Korean technological giant outfitted Apple's premium iPad tablets with their high-resolution displays, but the latest word on the subject is that the relationship will continue for the Apple Watch as well! JP Morgan analyst JJ Park claims that LG is the sole supplier of the wearable's flexible Plastic OLED screen. 

LG has been on the forefront of this technology, going as far as to produce flexible lighting panels made entirely of plastic. So Apple's demands shouldn't be a problem for LG's display arm, although it has quite a bit of work cut out for it with Cupertino gearing up to ship 26 to 29 million watches this year, and another 61 million next. This will generate billions of dollars (and trillions of Korean wons) of revenue for LG, but other analysts think Apple will ship just 8.5 million watches, so let's not juggle the big numbers already.

LG aside, Apple's dream team of component suppliers for the iWatch includes Quanta (EMS), Samsung (application processors), ASE (system-in-package modules), Amkor and STATS ChipPAC. This thing packs in much more technology than it seemed at first glance.

The Apple Watch's release is expected in April, with two different sizes and various price tiers at bay. More news as they come!


source: Barron's Asia via G For Games

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3 Comments

1. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

They should focus on power consumption, having to charge your watch (yes, it's a watch don't forget that) everyday is ridiculous.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea the rumored ~18 hours is unacceptable IMO Especially for its rumored starting price of $350 Though to be fair I guess most Smartwatchs have poor battery

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well it's kind of hard to compare a painted face or even a monochrome LCD display to a full color display with animations. A standard mechanical watch motor uses almost no juice, which is why they're able to run on a standard watch battery for as long as they do. And a monochrome LCD also uses almost no power. Now if they left the indigo backlighting on constantly, I doubt even a regular watch would last very long. Comparing battery life between a standard watch and a smartwatch is like comparing fuel efficiency of a scooter to an SUV. If it does more, it's going to power to do those things.

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