iPhone with 6.5-inch OLED screen could debut this year, LG Display to start shipping panels for Apple in H2 2018

iPhone with 6.5-inch OLED screen could debut this year, LG Display to start shipping panels for Apple in H2 2018
LG Display might not have produced a single OLED panel for Apple in 2017, but it looks like things are about to change this year. A new report from South Korea suggests that Apple is planning to diversify its OLED suppliers for the next iPhones.

Sources of The Investor state that LG Display is close to inking an OLED supply deal with Cupertino and is expected to start panel shipments in the second half of 2018. This information is unofficial, but the display maker did previously confirm that it was in talks with Tim Cook & Co. over a possible agreement.

According to the latest information, LG Display will only produce about 15-16 million panels in 2018. If this turns out to be accurate, it would mean that Samsung Display would still produce the majority of OLED panels for the upcoming iPhones, as Apple typically sells more than 200 million handsets per year.


The report also mentions the possible screen sizes of the upcoming iPhones. Apparently, Samsung Display will primarily produce 5.8- or 6-inch screens while LG Display will concentrate on dishing out 6.5-inch panels. 

This could translate to two iPhone 9 variants (or whatever they might end up being called) - one that will have a similar size to the current iPhone X, and a Plus model that might end up being huge. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen. 

The story about the two 2018 iPhone variants does align with the forecasts of KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, but, again, it is advisable that you take this information with a big grain of salt.


source: The Investor via Telefoon Abonnement (translated)

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47 Comments

1. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Here's hoping LG's OLED has finally caught up with Samsung's... Otherwise, Apple would face a lot of backlash with one iPhone's display being noticeably better than the other.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

“No one is going to buy a big phone” - Steve Jobs (2010)

15. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Please note that Steve Jobs is dead.

23. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

So? Did you think that quote will be right if He's still alive?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It’s 2018 now, and Jobs is dead. Stop being dumb dude.

24. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ok, I forgot to add "/s" in that one

2. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Can’t trust any OLED manufacturer other than Samsung for now.

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

"Can't trust" Sorry but who are you?

21. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

A living person who CAN express his/her opinion, regarding trusting or not a certain company for the quality of a certain product.

33. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

You want burn in?

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I know they want less reliance on Samsung and cheaper panels. But LG hasn’t exactly been known for their quality in the OLED department. I hope Apple doesn’t compromise

4. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

A 6.5 inch iPhone X would be lust worthy.

13. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Truly

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If there's no notch and thinner bezels, possibly.

38. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Only if it could do split screen multitasking...

49. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Why? It's still crippled with iOS.

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Why downgrading to LG lol ??

11. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Price, cost

6. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Get ready for pixel 2 xl issues on next gen iphones

7. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

no sense.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

6.5 inches for 2000$ no thank you.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Highly doubt it’ll be that expensive bro, but a $1300 starting price could happen.

25. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

In my country the 64 gb iPhone X is priced to the equivalent of 1226$. Apple should reconsider the pricing of their phones. My family members have the iPhone 8 and they are enjoying Apple’s services so far. How do you find the iPhone X so far?

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Honestly, I’m really like it. Sure it needs a few more features, but it’s very good at what it does. People think I dislike the iPhone, but I love iPhones...I just think they should do more for the price, and power they pack.

30. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. Before they said that you hated Samsung and now they changed their tone. We buy what we like and we speak with our wallets. Haters gonna hate.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro. We have the right to praise, and criticize what we pay for. I’m looking forward to the Note 9 and X Plus.

35. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

For sure. 2018 will hold a lot of surprises and hell a lot of new tech. Can’t wait.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What’s your eye on?

39. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The new HTC U12 (or whatever they will name it) and the new XZ Premium flagship from Sony. Leaks suggests that it will have a 4K HDR OLED panel goodness in a 6 inch package. If the rumors are true then this phone will be mine for sure.

26. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How can you be sure that it's gonna be worth $2,000?

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