Report: Foxconn to produce OLED screens for the Apple iPhone and Apple Watch by the end of 2015

Report: Foxconn to produce OLED screens for the Apple iPhone and Apple Watch by the end of 2015
Back in November, we told you that Foxconn was shelling out $2.6 billion to build a factory that would churn out display panels for Apple. On Wednesday, some new information about the plant was released by way of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. That happens to be one of the leading Japanese newspapers. Surely you remember what a newspaper is, right?

The report states that the factory, which is a joint venture between Foxconn and Innolux, will turn out OLED screens for Apple's smartphone and wearable products. For now, the latter category consists of the Apple Watch, for which LG is the main source of flexible displays.

It would seem that Apple is planning on making a switch from the LCD glass that they have employed on the iPhone since day one, to OLED screens. The factory isn't expected to be in operation until late 2015, which means that we probably won't see any such change on the iPhone screen until the Apple iPhone 7 is released in 2016. That assumes that this year's iteration of the device will be the Apple iPhone 6s.

Most of you already know that Foxconn is a leading contract manufacturer and is responsible for the assembly of a majority of each year's iPhone models, although that is rumored to change this year. Innolux is one of the largest LCD display manufacturers in Taiwan, and happens to be owned by Foxconn. It's called the Circle of Life.

Thanks for the tip!

source: MacX via GforGames

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36 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Instanty the pirce will go up! Apple please go back to the drawing board and develop some new innovative stuff. Because these minor upgrades are just crap. But hey i know you are just doing minor upgrades because people will buy it anyway. So this way Apple can make big profit, probaly they will say we have the first phone with oled screen. Look at our innovation we are the best.........sure!

3. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

you cant expect them to be creating innovative stuff everytime. they made apple watch recently, new macs and what not. they have a wide range of devices to work on. theyre made something, they add little by little, refining it with different models. though this will be minor upgrade, it will be worthwhile in long run. adding all at once, also ruins the business.

31. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Can you come up with anything innovative they've done the last 5 years? Didn't think so. They're good at copying and pretending it's theirs is all.

5. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

"the first phone with oled screen"!!?...you think samsung nokia motorola all this years before they been using something else instead of oled panels??

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Crap"? Tell that to Apples stock price. It indicates, theyre doing pretty well with their direction.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Good stock price doesn't mean they're innovating. Re-read his comment.

19. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

now ppl will say that OLED or AMOLED is the best.... before it was worst with incurrate colors and burn ins bcoz samsung is the main producer

18. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

When last time the price of the iPhone wen't up ? And what minor upgrades are you talking about ? What's a big upgrade to you ? A hearthrate sensor ?

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The top iPhone 5s model went for $750, the top iPhone 6 model (6, not the 6 Plus) went for $850. They did increase the screen size, but so did the Moto X from 2013 to 2014, as well as every other meaningful spec, and the price actually went down from 2013 ($620 for the top model) to 2014 ($550 for the top model).

29. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You forget that the top 5S had 64GB of storage (and was $850) whereas the top 6 is 128GB and also $850? There was no price raise at all.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

When I did a search for the launch price of a 5s 64GB model, all I got for results was for the iPhone 6. So I assumed that they didn't have a 64GB model. Since I don't follow Apple products that closely, I wasn't sure if they were still on 32GB or not. But even though they didn't raise the price, it doesn't change the fact that the Moto X was upgraded in almost every way, and still managed to lower the price $70.

2. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Did I hear it right...OLED on iPhone???

6. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

hmmm smells like good :P

24. engineer-1701d unregistered

hmmmm smells like samsung got a stalker bigger screen square oled or amoled then foled then pen, seems like apples is trying to copy samsungs more and more every year

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

OLED on iPhone ? Oh please be true!!

8. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

I'm happy for you that Apple is doing this, but they're just following the leaders In technology today. Kudos to Samsung and LG, the real innovators.

7. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

LG sold OLED tech. to China firms without good thinking. In the future, those firms will smoke both LG and Samsung OLED display category. :(

9. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

You think? Stop it.

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahahaha lampriya please do you know anything about oled tech and foled and amoled tech and old it is its been 10 years since the first foled demo unit oled almost 14 years, now samsung is on nano quantum tech china is not coming any time soon they will die from pollution first

36. bigboss11

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

OLED and Quantum dot are two very different approaches to display tech. Quantum dot won't replace OLED, it will merely replace LED backlighting.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I hope not

13. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omg, noW we Are gonna listen to all the apple boys about how great oled suddenly is.

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm sure their OLED will be class-leading. Hear me out... Apple doesn't generally put unproven tech in their devices. They may have wanted to use OLED before, but the tech still needed to mature. Now that the Note 4 has proven AMOLED can have accurate colors and good outdoor visibility, it's ready for the iPhone.

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And you think that foxconn and inolux will make class leading oled displays just like that??? Samsung has worked very hard on oled and they succeedes...no one is close to them....even lg isn't.. So you can only dream of CLASS-LEADING oled displays in ip7 if this this true...

16. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Well, that's why we're still talking 1-2 years out. Just because Samsung doesn't have direct competition today doesn't mean they won't ever. Apple doesn't take chances when it comes to display tech.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sadly, Apple doesn't take chances at all and that is why they are behind in every department now. Steve Jobs wasn't afraid to fail, Tim Cook is. Apple is now behind in almost everything including their former strengths such as display, battery, camera and stability compared to Android and WP equivalents.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

try 5 years rolde before they even get close by then samsung will be past that and on constant foled screens

32. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

It doesn't? How about that awesome sapphire glass in your iPhone? Oh, right. They f**ked up majorly there.

17. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The display will be custom designed by Apple like everything, so why it shouldn't be CLASS-LEADING ?

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's one thing to custom design a screen resolution or even a CPU. AMOLED is a technology. They can't custom design brighter blue OLED subpixels.

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