Samsung may become Apple’s chief supplier of flexible OLED displays for future iPhones

Samsung may become Apple’s chief supplier of flexible OLED displays for future iPhones
What, Apple might use AMOLED displays in the iPhone going forward? Well, yes, if persistent rumors are to be believed, as it has been reported several times now that companies like Samsung, LG, Japan Display and AUO are competing for Apple's attention because on potentially huge orders of AMOLED screen panels for upcoming iPhones.

The latest rumor from Korea is that Samsung has won Apple's nod on the procurement of flexible AMOLED panels, and will invest no less than $7.47 billion in the next year or two in plants and equipment to manufacture them. Samsung already had plans for AMOLED lines expansion, but this investment seems to be much higher than previously thought, indicating that it may indeed be supplying OLED panels for other phone makers, like Xiaomi, Huawei and, well, almighty Apple.

Apple has been rumored to switch to OLED technology for a while, though a reputed analyst cautioned this won't happen with the iPhone 7, but will likely arrive with the eventual iPhone 8 at the earliest. Back in the fall we heard that Samsung is in talks with Apple on being a major supplier of AMOLED screens for the next iPhones, and that latest rumor now indicates this may already be a done deal. 

Still, Apple seems to be hedging its bets when it comes to OLED display procurement, as it was also reported to probe Japan Display and AUO as alternative suppliers, while LG is already selling it the flexible screen on the Apple Watch. We asked you last year if you would like to see AMOLED displays in future iPhones, and more than 60% of the respondents said yes, while 25% didn't care, as long as it works. Moreover, this type of display technology is getting on par with LCDs in terms of costs, so the future seems to be bright for the OLED crowd.

source: ETNews via G4Games

FEATURED VIDEO

23 Comments

1. suavemezie

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Apple don't have a choice

4. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

they are both in bed with each other.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

8. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

But their technology is far depart from samsung oled

9. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Ill take samsung hardware in my iphone over LG or any other and Im sure Apple would too.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Oh For Sure.

14. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

samsung will provide old OLED displays to iphone form old Samsung phones, since iphones use 750p, i think galaxy s1 was same resolution, but i am not so sure :D

21. Shocky unregistered

Amusing, but the Galaxy S display was horrible, only 480 x 800 with Pentile. Galaxy Alpha would probably be the closest in terms of resolution and size.(720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi)

18. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

But please only Super AMOLED! Everything below Super AMOLED is worse than what Apple currently offers with LCD. Super AMOLED however, is better than Apple's current LCDs.

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

THEIR innovative screen and tech when they announce

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sammy makes the best oled displays so thats a given.

6. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This only proves one more point that Samsung is ahead of the industry when it comes to hardware tech. I always ask myself how a note 5 running iOS would feel like. The hardware is top notch, not that I have anything against android but I feel the platform doesn't do the company much justice. Just my opinion.

10. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Samsung is certainly ahead in hardware. Where they are terrible is software. Not just their phones but TV's as well. They just dont optimize. Software is where apple rules.

13. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

This a thousand times. Samsung have always had great hardware (other than a period of really cheap feeling devices) but has always been hampered by Android. If only we could put iOS on a Galaxy S6 that would be brilliant.

23. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Yeah. If Apple and Samsung work together and sell the same a phone with shared profit, damn it will be crazy.

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Finally Apple realizes that Retina display is sub-par compared to Samsung's SuperAMOLED. But wait, is it a little too late? And Apple will claim it's revolutionary as usual. lol

11. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

At last apple realizes OLED display technology (efficiency wise) has caught up with LCD. I'd like OLED display in iPhone 7.

15. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Without Samsung there wouldn't be an iphone. The only thing apple have with there iphones is a good marketing team, hence the sales and the amount of people who are brainwashed. Samsung will always be top and innovative. End off

16. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I know Samsung is in business to make money, but I wish they didn't have to sale sh!t to icrap.

17. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I like to make 2 points: 1- Isheeps have been calling flexible MOLED displays a gimmick, since it was introduced by Samsung. They will call it revolutionary technology if Apple would use it in future iToys. 2- Apple will use this technology, but rename it to iBent Display and call it revolutionary display. I am really sick of these people and this corrupted company.

20. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

In oled tech, lg >>>samsung>>>>who cares. I hope lg becomes major supply coz samsung is good at being no.2 rather than no.1 which is pretty good since they are no.2 in every asepct of tech at least

22. Shocky unregistered

If LG are #1, why do their flagship phones feature IPS displays?

24. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

From where you get the info that LG's OLED tech is better than Samsung?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.