To help supply Apple, Japan Display will raise its stake in OLED producer Joled

To help supply Apple, Japan Display will raise its stake in OLED producer Joled
It looks like Apple will once again be relying on Samsung to provide it with a major part for the 2017 iPhone. Next year, Apple will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of its iconic smartphone, and KGI Securities' reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects one model to be offered with an OLED display. In 2018, all iPhone models are expected to sport an OLED screen. Every iPhone to date has shipped with an LCD panel, and switching to OLED will reduce power consumption. Since OLED doesn't require a backlight, it could also result in a thinner design.

Samsung might just be able to handle Apple's demands next year for OLED screens. But if all versions of the iPhone are equipped with an OLED display in 2018, Apple is going to have to call on other manufacturers. Some of the names mentioned include Sharp (which is owned by iPhone assembler Foxconn), LG Display, and Japan Display. The latter is looking to greatly increase its OLED capacity for 2018 by hiking its stake in Japanese OLED producer Joled to over 50% by the end of next year. The company was formed in the beginning of 2015 when the OLED businesses of Panasonic and Sony were combined.

Currently, Japan Display owns 15% of Joled with 75% belonging to government owned Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ). Sony and Panasonic each own 5%. The deal will cost Japan Display $100 million as it buys Joled shares from INCJ. At the same time, the latter company will be investing $650 million in Japan Display to boost the company's LCD and OLED production.

source: Nikkei via SlashGear

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12 Comments

1. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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2. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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3. cmdacos

Posts: 3806; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

JDI?? Who??

4. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

It's about time. I can't wait to see apples attempt on OLED panels. Considering they make the best LCD displays on the market, I'm hoping they can do the same with OLED.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You do know they don't make their own LCDs. Neither do they "develop" their own LCDs. They use other companies' tech in most cases LG and Sharp. So them using another companies' OLED technology will put them on par with those other OLED screens. At best they can match Samsung, but it is hard to surpass your supplier unless you can do some software magic which in the case of displays isn't actually that differentiating compared to lets say, a camera.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"software magic" that's it!! just calibrate the color to make it more blue-ish like older iPhone, and every phone reviewer will say it's the best screen ever with the most accurate color reproduction...

10. dazed1

Posts: 776; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOL no chance vs Samsung.

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Great news. The sooner the get into production the better. Monopoly in the oled market gives samesung the opportunities they needed to supply $hitty oled panel to their customers. With rise of different vendor in oled business ( chineses's BOE, LG's platic oled, Sharps's oled ) samsung's monopoly will soon end.

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1633; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Samsung is vastly ahead so keep dreaming fanboy. Samsung has s**tty oled panels? Link me facts instead of spewing nonsense.

8. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

What?! Samsung makes beautiful displays!

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Its old pentile tech

12. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Sammy is the boss here

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