Kuo: LG is going to make OLED screens for Apple's 2018 iPhones

Kuo: LG is going to make OLED screens for Apple's 2018 iPhones
Industry sources have been tipping that Apple might move to OLED for good, and is looking to diversify with LG as a supply alternative to Samsung, fronting it no less than $2.7 billion as an advance payment for securing a production line dedicated entirely to iPhone displays, starting in 2019. Where there is smoke, there is fire, and now famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities is confirming in his own turn that Apple is indeed working with LG on OLED panel supplies, and sooner. 

The team from Cupertino is apparently "committed to having LG Display geared up for its OLED iPhone display business in 2018," according to Mr Kuo. He goes on explaining that LG Display isn't as versed as Samsung in OLED packaging, as it can mostly deliver the "front-end," likely meaning the panel itself, while it might be looking into collaboration with other partners for things like lamination, cabling and so on:

 

Apple is said to have secured at least 45,000 units of mother glass for 6.5th-generation OLED panels a month from LG, which can be cut into quite a lot of iPhone displays. The rumored $2.7 billion investment by Apple is a win-win situation, as LG gets to offset some of the risks related to such a huge capital outlay. Apple, in its turn, gets to diversify supply, and ensure a steady stream of OLED panels that apparently are a big part of its vision for the future of iPhones.

source: 9to5Mac

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7 Comments

1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

So basically LG needs help in helping apple? Either way welcome to the world of beautiful displays iphoners

2. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

I hate amoled so bad that i will have to stop buying iphones all together and move to ips only devices

4. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

How are those grey widescreen lines? Enjoying them?

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is LG is going to supply a number of OEMs right now with their OLED displays, including themselves. For instance the V30 in the fall will have OLED panels, Google's new Pixels are using LG OLED panels this time, plus HTC is rumored to get some as well in the next few months. So Apple is late in the game when it comes to acquiring LG OLED panels. Well at least Apple paid Samsung 9.7 billion for panels.

3. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

It's funny because even the G6 screen doesn't look amazing like the S7 or S8, so it is difficult to believe that that the screens will look just as good or better than samsung's.

5. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 145; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

why cant Apple make their own crap... they ask everyone for help, then turn around and sue them... figure it out on your own apple.. I sure as hell wouldn't help them one bit

7. Xilam unregistered

I think your outlook on economics is quite infantile. (Just in case:http://www.dictionary.com/browse/infantile )

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