Samsung Display to be exclusive supplier of AMOLED panels for one of Apple's 2017 iPhones

Samsung Display to be exclusive supplier of AMOLED panels for one of Apple's 2017 iPhones
Apple is in the habit of splitting its orders to multiple suppliers for the same component, but 2017 might be an exception. The latest reports suggest Apple will launch three new iPhones next year with different display sizes: 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.8-inch.

Samsung Display, one of world largest display suppliers for the smartphone market, will certainly offer some of its products to Apple. In fact, sources from Taiwanese supply chain makers claim Samsung Display will be the exclusive supplier of AMOLED panels for the 2017 iPhone 5.8-inch model.

The South Korean company is expected to supply around 20 million AMOLED panels per month, the sources said. The other two 2017 iPhone models will use TFT-LCD displays, but all three will be launched on the market in the second half of the year.

Also, global shipments of AMOLED panels for the 2017 iPhone 5.8-inch are expected to reach 70 million units. It's also worth mentioning that supply chain makers for the new iPhone models are to start production in small volumes in March 2017. They are to increase output sometime in May / June next year.

source: Digitimes

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38 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I will get a new phone next year and I'm not saying it will be an iPhone but if it is, definitely going to be the variant with an amoled display.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1795; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Samsung does make the best AMOLED panels, but will they be able to keep up with the demand? The Galaxy series and the Note series sell many millions of units all over the world. I can easily see a supply issue delaying shipments of both iPhones and Samsung devices if Samsung doesn't properly prepare for the additional production.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung built a new factory that is suppose ot be ready for full production in early 2017. The AMOLED display Apple is gettign is not the exact same type as Samsung uses on the Galaxy series. Samsung uses Super AMOLED on their own phones, Apple is getting a AMOLED panel which is different Barring any mechanical issues, they should be able ot handle the load. After all, the last article PA posted about it said, only one of the iPhone's would sport the AMOLED display while the other would still have an LCD. Which is stupid, but likely make sense due to availability.

16. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 653; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

What is your source that confirms that Apple will use AMOLED displays and not super AMOLED displays like Samsung Mobile. I have the feeling that you try to imply that Apple will use inferior AMOLED displays than Samsung Mobile. We should not forget that Samsung display is not the same company that produces the Galaxy phones that is Samsung Mobile. It does not sound logic that Samsung display is selling better AMOLED screens to Samsung Mobile than to Apple, especially when you consider that Apple would be the larger customer for high end AMOLED screens than Samsung Mobile.

17. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't trust what you read in these comments. Always research it for your self. Lots of wrong info here.

32. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2249; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yup. All he needs to do next is tell people he is an "analyst" and suddenly this comment/rumor is picked up by every phone news site with the title "Analyst Predicts iPhone to Use Inferior Samsung Display Panels". And thus, my friends, fake news is born.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 6725; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

People are forgetting that Samsung also makes AMOLED displays for end their mid range devices as well as other OEMs. Look at Google's Pixels, some Huawei smartphones, Axon, and a number of others have AMOLED displays as well. This is before Apple decided to even look a AMOLED displays.

36. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Not same company? What in Samsung Display and Samsung Mobile didnt u understand?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Electronics#Mobile_phones

28. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You lie and then you believe your lie. You are sick!!!!! Apple is destroying you.

31. Trex95

Posts: 2319; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Actually Apple best Samsung customer that's why Samsung keep the best for Apple. IPS still better than Amoled and Super Amoled due to the 3 suppixel unlike Amoled and Super Amoled 2 suppixel sharing pixels, unless if Samsung made an new panels of Amoled/Super Amoled that comes with 3 suppixel like IPS LCD.

33. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2249; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You are aware that the only reason Super AMOLED is called "Super" is because the touch digitizer is found in the screen panel itself instead of on top of it? It's literally the same exact screen as an AMOLED, just the digitizer is found within the panel. So, I'm not sure what kind of point you are trying to make here.

37. Trex95

Posts: 2319; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The point is that IPS still better than Amoled/Super Amoled.

9. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Samsung will do to Apple what it did to HTC when HTC launched the first EVO. Pretend to be incapable of keeping up with demands in order to sell their own phones. Great job in landing this gig Samsung, now you have Apples' nutts in your hands. Squeeze tightly!

11. ph00ny

Posts: 1985; Member since: May 26, 2011

Except they've been the ones bailing apple out every time sharp or LG had yield issues with ipad screens

13. Subie

Posts: 2272; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Haven't heard of Samsung doing that to Apple with any other components they supply - Such as flash memory or SoC's

18. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Apple can easy get ram and other parts from some other company, that is not going to happen with oled panels, Samsung controls the best panels and the numbers, so can do what they like and Apple will have to just take it

23. AlikMalix unregistered

You're such a kid. 1.Samsung and Apple are in business to make money. If Samsung wants Apple contract - trust me, everyone wants Apple contract, they will do what Apple demands or risky loosing Apple. Apple needs Samsung as much as other manufacturers for components because Apple chooses not to get into semiconductor manufacturing business. 2. Samsung mobile and Samsung semiconductor are two completely different entities under one name, different people, different relationship. samsung semiconductor and Samsung mobile is the same as mercedes and dodge (when they were owned by Daimler AG). Grow up.

26. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Not really. The Jeep and Dodge divisions were more similar in their relationship. But even then there's a crucial difference: The vast majority of the SDI production is for Samsung Mobile, over 90%of their OLED production is too. Both are direct subsidiaries of Samsung Electronics. Chrysler was 8% independent still, Dodge a subsidiary of the Chrysler subsidiary and didn't mostly produce for Mercedes cars.

34. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

1. Totally agree with you 2. No. Samsung mobile and Samsung semiconductor are not separate entities. They are all divisions of Samsung electronic company. Mr. J Y Lee controls all of it.

15. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

The question is do iPhone lovers/Samsung haters deserve so much Samsung goodness in their phones?

30. domfonusr

Posts: 1057; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It's not a matter of deserving... Apple can afford it, and Samsung can't afford not to take Apple's money for the contract, so Samsung will continue to give their best for the iPhone. This kind of thing will only increase in frequency as Apple rakes in 90+% of global smartphone profits. Even if they don't make the best parts themselves, they will buy the best parts from other providers instead. Also notice that Apple's iPhones have gotten a big bump in specs recently, going from a dual-core middling chip to quad-core high-speed chip in just one year - Apple is bound to put top-of-the-line specs in their next iPhone (aside from the amount of RAM, but as we all know, iOS functions smoothly on just 2GB of RAM). The iPhone 7 already has as powerful and fast a processor, as fast and with as many cores as the Snapdragon 820, and if Samsung will make them an Exynos-style (octa-core) processor for the money that Apple sends them, then they will have top-of-the-line processors in the A11, A12, and so on. The old argument that used to be so true - that iPhones only had mid-range specs for a top-of-the-line price - will no longer be true. The argument is already frustrated with the A10. Apple's phones are getting better faster than everyone else's, and will inevitably catch up, and perhaps even surpass many manufacturers. Except for the RAM thing, but we all know that iOS is optimized to run in 2GB of RAM these days...

39. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

In this case that's false, because Apple has to innovate/add bells and whistles to reduce the effects of the shrinking sales and meet wishes of its customers. And no other supplier can currently come close to delivering the quantities required. In other words, they need Samsung. Samsung SDI is doing great without Apple too and without knowing the margin for this deal, it's hard to tell how much Samsung "needs" Apple.

35. Romantico3pe

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Amoled isnt gooodness its a yesterdays tech wich degrades overtime plus it is prone to burn in. So i will never buy a phone with a crapoled screen period

27. Macready

Posts: 1797; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Their production this year is about 350 million OLED panels and they have expanded their capacity considerably for next year.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2116; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple is about to make Samsung Semiconductor rich once again!!

21. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A little late for that.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But we already knew this. You posted this weeks ago. How is this news now?

6. fyah_king unregistered

Why are they using amoled? I thought the sheep hates amoled? Lcd is so superior than amoled according to them.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

let's see how they enjoy their new over-saturated burn-in pentile screen that they hate for years, lol... apple magic will make it the best screen ever /s (apple magic = bluish color calibration)

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Waiting they say "innovation". HAHAHAHA.

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