Report: Apple to help AU Optronics become an AMOLED supplier for future iPhones

Report: Apple to help AU Optronics become an AMOLED supplier for future iPhones
A report out of Taiwan that was published today, suggests that Apple will make an investment in AU Optronics to help the panel producer manufacture AMOLED displays for future iPhone models. Back in November, there was speculation that Samsung was going to be supplying Apple with AMOLED panels. LG's Display arm was also reportedly involved in similar talks as well.

AU Optronics would require an investment from Apple to help it develop the kind of infrastructure needed to deliver large numbers of AMOLED screens. While AU Optronics already ships AMOLED screens to Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Huawei, producing the displays for Apple would require a huge jump in production.

To make sure that it has enough components in case of an unforeseen event, Apple usually resorts to using multiple suppliers for key iPhone parts. For example, the tech titan relies on both Samsung and TSMC to produce the A9 chipset employed on the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. AU Optronics could end up delivering AMOLED screens along with Samsung and LG Display.

While some expect iPhones to sport AMOLED screens by 2018, connected KGI Secuities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects this to take place in 2019. AU Optronics declined to comment about today's report.

source: FocusTaiwan via AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Doing business with Apple can be dicey. Hope it works out better for this company than it did for GT Advanced.

4. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I guess GT advanced was overconfident and thought they could handle the supply demands of apple but the low yields back lashed against them and they couldn't meet the demands sending them to bankruptcy. So it is partly their fault too. Doing business with Apple is a double edged sword. The business can be very rewarding if everything goes according to plan but there is a flipside to the whole business if they can't deliver what apple demands.

17. Unordinary unregistered

Hence called "Business"; something Teddy doesn't really understand apparently.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I understand completely, apparently better than you. Not surprising, really.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Basically, GT advance couldn't keep up with the volumns of The iPhone. That means Apple is selling a boat load of phones. If that's an issue, it's an issue you want to have!

11. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, they couldn't produce on spec product. Their process wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Pun intended.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Good if true, will ensure Samsung keeps improving their own AMOLEDs over time. Keeps the best getting better.

19. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I also hope that this is true. The best Amoled screens seem to beat the best LED screens nowadays. Wouldn't mind Apple using Amoled.

3. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That move is the check and balance for the market. That way Apple won't put their supply at risk by purchasing from their competitors.

5. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Sort of off-topic: What is JDI's situation with OLED mass production? I never hear of any of their OLED displays used in smartphones.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Alrighty then... Well, Considering AMOLED is vastly superior than IPS Technology in some aspects, I wonder what it'll be ended up called by Apple? Keep in mind their existing IPS Display is called 'Retina display'... So, will it be BINOCULAR DISPLAY? MICROSCOPIC DISPLAY? Or... How about HUBBLE DISPLAY? Err... HAWK'S RETINA DISPLAY...??? Just a little curiosity from my end, that's all...

9. BobLawblaw unregistered

iMOLED

10. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The screen is in Apple Watch is called "Retina display" sometimes refered to it as "flexible", because mealability allows for Force Touch. Anyway, it's called " flexible" because it's flexible, not because it's oled. So the answer is: Retina display

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Doesn't retina stand for resolution only?

16. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It really stands for nothing. It's just a marketing term.

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If they can solve the longevity issues with AMOLED, I think it makes a good permanent replacement for LCD technology on mobile. It's just annoying when your phone's maximum brightness takes a permanent nose dive after 5 months of operating it with moderate usage, literally every moment OLED displays are turned on, they're decaying and burning out. Maybe another 2 years is enough time to get peak brightness up and to maintain it, whilst reducing the burn-in aspect over time as well.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

finally they found some cheap AMOLED supplier, good things for their fans... hope AUO didnt bankrupt or something like that

25. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Haha true isheeps dont care about quality

26. sissy246

Posts: 7074; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But I thought their screens are the best. Once again they are coping Samsung and others, oh but it's fine for them to copy other but others can't copy things from them.

29. obedchuni

Posts: 332; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

well where is techieXP son of a samsung and google, also my friend galaxy s5 has started to get black spot and I don't know why but I am sure that AMOLED won't last long than LCD display, I think that JM Martin is right in this regards, the display get constantly burned out...so I guess techieXP you should tell your father to invest in AMOLED and samsung fans will buy new phones year after year.

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