Some of the most important parts of the next iPhone won't be made in China


"Designed in California. Made in China" – is what it says on the iPhone's back. But the display, a key and defining part of the upcoming OLED iPhone's design and functionality, is going to be all Korean. It's a public secret that Samsung Display is supplying the lion's share, if not the entire volume of orders for the phone's rumored "all-screen" display panel.

But The Investor reports that Samsung Display, in tandem with several key supplies both under and outside the Samsung umbrella, is responsible for the entire screen assembly. Samsung System LSI, the semiconductor division that manufactures camera sensors and application processors, is also going to build the display driver chip.

STEMCO and LG Innotek, both Korean companies, will deliver the chip on films that connect it to a flexible printed circuit board – one provided by Interflex, BH, and Samsung Electro-Mechanics. All three companies hail from South Korea as well.

The country pretty much owns the global OLED display business, with Samsung's market share alone estimated at 95%. And while they are at it, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix will deliver the memory chips, as LG Innotek is building the camera modules.

Combine Apple's design skill with the Koreans' technological precision, and the next iPhone seems more exciting than it ever did! Analysts estimate Apple has ordered between 80 and 95 million units of the OLED iPhone for this year alone, so hopefully, there will be plenty of iPhones for everyone.

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1. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Do people actually believe that the real product will look anywhere near like that? Besides cut the bezles as much as you can but there should be some left for easiness of holding and one handed use damn it. Looking good and good for usage are different things.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LG got it right with the deign of the G6, there needs to be some bezel for durability purposes.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

LG can barely get anything right. Only 32GB of storage for the US and no audio modifications like the international version plus Bootloopgate.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Other rumors has said it is a curved screen not flat.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes they do but I really hope it's not.

14. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I am confident it won't look like that but not because of any ergonomic reasons. It won't look like that because it's going to be expensive to manufacture and Apple simply doesn't spend that much money on their sheep. Never have, never will to the tune of 250 billion. Their MO has always been to let the Korean companies do the heavy lifting and research and then swoop in and take the credit when the technology matures. Do you really think Apple would cut into their profit margins for this 10th anniversary iPhone? Lol noooo. It will be an iPhone 7 with an OLED display with similar characteristics to the Apple watch. A GS8 would actually cost a lot if Samsung wasn't vertically integrated. Yes Apple can offset a lot of costs by buying bulk but there's only so much buying bulk can do for you.

34. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just look at iphone design evolution in the last 5 years... only hopeless fans will believe that design..

2. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

As relationship between apple and Samsung is going to deepen in future. I request all Samsung and apple fanboys to bury their hatchet and start a new era of troll free discussions on phonearena .

8. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I second this motion as a devout Apple Fanboy. I will act as the ambassador!!!!

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually, no it isn't. Apple is using Intel for modems, Sony for camera sensors, Foxconn just bought Sharp Displays, but haven't reach capacity to supply displays to Apple which will take 2 years which is why Apple is using Samsung, presently the RAM and internal storage is supplied by Samsung or SK Hynex which is a vested company by Samsung. With Apple making plans to make its own GPU, will have its own displays as soon as Foxconn and get up to speed, and Apple sourcing the modem and other parts from other companies. Samsung will soon be out of Apple's hair. Well at least until one of those company's fail to produce and then Apple will come running back to Samsung.

20. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

It is not called running back to Samsung. This is how corporations operate in a globalized world. If Samsung does not have any problem doing business with apple, why are you so condescending towards apple.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They do come running back. You can call it whatever the f**k you like. Every company Apple has sued or acted ignorant with, Apple goes runnign back to them when they have no alternative. Same thing they did with both Intel and Microsoft and even Samsung. As soon as their ass is on the line, they go crawling back. Example - When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, even though it pained him to do it, he sold his soul to Microsoft even making IE the default browser on Mac. They all but spat in Intels face, yet paid them to make a chip smaller for the Air. Based on what Apple is paying for Samsung OLED displays, Apple is paying a lot. Based on a tear down of Samsung phones, the display is about $60 of the cost. Apple is paying over $100 per OLED display they are buying and it still wont be better than the ones in Samsungs own phones. Apple bragged about dropping Samsung to make their CPU, but then when TSMC couldnt do it, Apple comes crawlimng back. Now Apple started some BS with Qualcomm. Apple has burned so many bridges. If any one of those companies has ever told Apple to f**koff, Apple would be dead. PERIOD.

27. AlikMalix unregistered

You have no idea how real world works, techie.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I own a business, I know exactly how it works. We made 9.5M last year. What did you make? Yes we are a small company, but we do well. We subcontarct over 4000 technicians in US, Canada, Europe and China. We have a huge list of customers including Foot Locker, Tesla, and more. I know exactly how business works.

35. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Brother go get some life . So much tension in life is not good for health.

36. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

So if your company made 9.5M , you know how business works. Similarly apple makes billions in a year. So they know better than you how business works. And same goes for Samsung. Samsung does not need lesson from you or your expertise to run it's business.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

Riiiight...

4. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Designed in California, Parts from Korea, Made in I don't know, Money is for Tim cook.

5. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

It means whole world is happy except Samsung fanboys.

7. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

The more Apple sells the more Samsung makes money lol

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why exactly would they not be happy? We already know that the iPhone is made up of Samsung parts. Now more of it is. They don't care! What sucks is you guys will claim the iPhone is made up of higher quality parts than the Galaxy S and Note, and that is simply false. Samsung is what makes iPhone's as good as they are.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That last line is absurd.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Who makes the internal storage? Who makes the RAM? No hardware? NO SOFTWARE! Hardware can exist without software, not the other way around! You can disagree all you want. Samsung is what makes the iPhone as good as it is. If not, then why is Apple using them still? When Apple doesn't source Samsung for parts, Apple products have more issues. This has been proven beyond reasonable doubt. But because you are a smuck and can't be reasonable; you are blind ot facts. FACT - It has been shown that Apple's Mac's when using Toshiba & Hitachi HDD's, suffered more failures vs Mac's that used Samsung HDD's. When Apple switched away from Samsung internal storage, in this case it was the 128GB iPhone 6 and the iPad Pro, both suffered huge failures when they used another company. The issue that Apple is having with the display. In the past Apple used LG and Sharp for displays. Hwoever the iPhone 6 is not using them I believe. But the issue with Touch Disease is not the display itself, but the cheap connector being dislodged. When iPhone's have had failures, none of the parts we know of, were ever made by Samsung. I mean look at their own phones. The phone they made with the highest failure rate was the Galaxy S6. It managed a 7% failure rate. Compare this with Apple. The iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate at 29%. Why? They tried to get away from Samsung. PA posted several articles about apple trying to source parts from other OEM's and not Samsung. Each time they did, they had issues. Even TSMC had issues making CPU's for Apple which is why for one of the recent models, Apple sourced both TSMC and Samsung.

22. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Look fam, I'm gonna compromise with you here: Yes Apple wouldn't be as good as they are now without Samsung. That's definitely accurate. But Apple's success comes from THEIR understanding of how the market works. Not only that, Samsung wouldn't be in the position they are now if Apple weren't involved. Not only do a great deal of Samsung's mobile profits come from component sales to Apple, their first smartphone was a literal clone of the iPhone 3G. They both benefit from each others existence in mobile.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

@techie "Really? Who makes the internal storage? Who makes the RAM?" And who designs it? And then instructs Samsung how to do it?

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Certainly isnt Apple? Apple doesnt design internal s=torage or RAM They buy dummy. Every one seems to know this but you. Apple buys all parts off the shelf with exception of their CPU. There has been only one mention of an OEM makign a custom part for Apple. Apple paid Intel to make a CPU smaller for the first Mac Air. Apple buys RAM the RAM they use is not custom. The internal flash is not custom. The Cameras they buy are not custom. In fact 3 times both the iPhone and Galaxy S used the exact same camera sensor from Sony and all 3 times Samsung did better with it. Go read the facts. You so quick to try to correct someone, when you dont even know WTF you're talking about. As I have stated. We work with Asurion, and SquareTrade and we provide Enterprise repair of cellphones, tablets and more. We provide repair services for education facilities that use Apple's iPad. Mac, iMacs, Samsung Tab's and products from other companies. I know what we repair and I know what parts we buy and I know what names are on the parts. Apple buys their internal storage from SK Hynex and Samsung. Samsung owns a smaller percentage of SK. Just like they have a vested interest in ARM, WACOM, QUALCOMM and more. Think of this fact. It cpst Apple $220 to make an iPhone. If Apple was payign for all custom parts liek you think. it wpould be more expensive to make vs the Galaxy S7 which cost $280 to make the edge model. Stop smoking your drugs dude. You have no idea what you are talkign about. Samsung makes 90% of its own parts. Samsung pretty much only sources the camera from Sony. Samsung costs for there own phone is higher because they have the costs of making it themselves. Apple doesn't make the frikkin pots they piss in. Apple "designs" their CPU and pays someone to make it. Apple is a very good chef y=who has gone and found a good combination for ingredients to make a good pot for us to enjoy. THAT'S IT! Samsung has the farms (factories) not assembly plants that go an get the raw materials and makes into a end product for Apple and others to buy. They are the true innovators. Not Apple. Apple saves money buy letting Samsung do all the dirty work and spend the real money do they dont have too. Even with the money they save, over all they make the carppiet phone. a 29% failure rate for a single model year phone and a 58% failure rate in 6 months for a company that makes one phone is terrible quality control.

23. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You keep mentioning Samsung. You do realize Samsung is literally given the entire OS right? They'd literally be using Symbian. Everyone borrows from each other. Samsung is excellent with hardware but absolutely horrid with software of any kind in any device. Hell, they even mess up the OS that's gifted to them.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung makes their own OS. Samsiung sells enough phones that they could move to Tizen 100%. However Android is very popular mostly and thankfully to Samsung who has came from ZERO and beaten every Android OEM on the planet and represent over 1/3 of the total Android phones ales and have been since 2011. You all always wanna blow smoke up Apple @$$, but never want to give othe OEM's credit. Apple buys EVERYTHING 3rd party. If any 3rd party every told Apple no, Apple would be in serious trouble. But Apple who sells over 200M phones is money and outfits like Samsung aren't going to turn Apple down as long as they are a paying customer. No one on tjis planet has the capacity to handle Apple orders of components. How many times have we seen this? Apple is who they are because of others. Just as any other company is. No company has every been successful on their own.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet the trolls claim Samsung phones are cheap. Even though some are, they are of high quality vs nearly any brand. Samsung is beast! It's still gonna say made in China, because Samsung will likely be shipping all the parts to China to be assembled at Foxconn Assembly Plants (No to be confused with factories).

24. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

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