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Report from Korea reveals that LG gets the exclusive to produce displays for the Apple iWatch

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Report from Korea reveals that LG gets the exclusive to produce displays for the Apple iWatch
A published report out of Korea on Monday states that LG Display has been given the exclusive task of producing displays for the upcoming Apple iWatch. According to the report, mass production of the screens will take place from July through September of this year, with an initial run of 2 million units. The glass will measure 1.52 inches and will be produced using the same flexible display technology that the Korean manufacturer uses on its LG G Flex handset. The glass will be P-OLED, or Plastic OLED. This obviously suggests a curved design for the Apple iWatch display.

We should also mention that this report should be taken with more than the usual amount of skepticism, considering that the original source of the story has since pulled it for unknown reasons. A cached version remains available to be viewed. There could be other reasons not related to the legitimacy of the information, that led to its removal from the site.

The stated July through September time period for mass production of the glass for Apple's timepiece would coincide with earlier talk of problems Apple has been suffering with the manufacturing process. Reports from the upstream supply chain indicate that Apple's production yields have been a miserable 50% for the watch thus far. That means out of every 10 units that goes through the assembly line, 5 watches roll off the line unable to pass quality testing. And in trying to get the yields down to an acceptable level, it would seem that Apple has no choice but to push back its release of the device until late this year.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: DDaily.co.kr (translated) via gforgames

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 06:41

1. naveenstuns (Posts: 177; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

Innovation redefined!!!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 06:49 7

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Umm, outsourcing is not innovation...

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 13:14

8. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

+1 to you sir

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 07:07 2

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6541; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

LG make excellent screen. Their OLED curve screen in CES 2014 really set the new benchmark.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:07

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

I guess Apples iwatch will be ready for sale by the time "Gear 3" hits the market, at the rate things are going... 50% production rate either means they're setting their standards too high... Or they need to use a manufacture that can handle the JOB better... Either way, thing are starting to become "laughApple".

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 10:04

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3492; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Well at least they are trying to make it decently useful or powerful. Current smart watches are really just terrible and need to find a purpose/use. Hopefully production problems also mean a vision behind it that makes it more than the current crop of crap.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 18:50

10. willard12 (unregistered)

Which smart watch do you currently own in order to make you such an expert? What "visionary" feature would you like to see that the current crop of crap lacks?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 08:08

5. ph00ny (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Good luck apple. You're going to need it. Hopefully didn't forget about the nearly botched launches of ipads due to yield issue by LG and sharp

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 11:00 2

7. mottykels (Posts: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Nokia smartwatch will beat apple iwatch. Go nokia :P

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 18:06

9. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 841; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

I'd rather wait and have it be a more refined device with some real function to it.

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