LG finally becomes Apple's secondary iPhone OLED supplier, thwarting Samsung's monopoly

LG finally becomes Apple's secondary iPhone OLED supplier, thwarting Samsung's monopoly
Apple may have released its first-ever OLED iPhone model years after some of its competition, but the move away from LCD screen technology has been a long time coming. The problem is not a lot of display manufacturers are capable of supplying these vibrant panels in the numbers required and in accordance with Cupertino’s quality standards.

In fact, Samsung was left solely in charge of iPhone X display production last year, leading to a pretty large gap between the handset’s official announcement and commercial release.

Despite Apple’s supply chain diversification efforts over the past year, it seems Samsung has once again scored exclusive rights to developing and mass-manufacturing the OLED panels used on the iPhone XS and XS Max.

Meanwhile, LG will probably have to settle for taking on the second supplier role as far as the next iPhone generation is concerned. Either that or the company’s OLED screens will indeed start being used for 2018 iPhone repairs.

If unnamed sources quoted by Korea’s Electronic Times are to be trusted (and they’re usually pretty solid), LG has finally cleared Apple’s quality tests “recently”, gearing up for a mass production start at the local E6 plant.
 
The factory has reportedly only been operational for test runs until not long ago, with a separate E5 OLED facility “mainly” utilized for R&D projects. It doesn’t sound like LG will be ready to produce the bulk of an iPhone generation’s OLED screens anytime soon, but any competition for Samsung is good news for Apple, which obviously wants to reduce its reliance on an arch-rival, as well as negotiate better prices for currently exorbitant displays.

This LG partnership could also help Apple leave LCD technology behind for good in 2019, although the rumored success of the iPhone XR may lead to a drastic change in plans.

source: The Investor

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41 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

LG OLED TV panels are so awesome.Why don't they make it for smartphones?

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

They are two different technologies hence the reason Samsung OLED tv ain't good enough but their QLED is pretty awesome

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Samsung does not sell oled TV

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Yes they do. I have a Samsung OLED TV. It was marketed as QLED. You need to go read the facts of what is real and what is marketing. Example, Retina Display is just marketing. It's not a real display.

16. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No it's not OLED and i have it too, first time when you put the tv on you can right away see that it's not OLED, it has light bleed. You have zero light bleed with OLED

17. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"You need to go read the facts of what is real and what is marketing" Oh the irony :D you definately should do some research, this is so funny Samsung marketing clearly worked very well to you LOL

21. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Stop lying. QLED tvs have nothing to do with OLED. The last OLED TV produced by Samsung was more than 3 years ago and their base model was sold for $10,000+ dollars. They quit on the OLED technology for TVs because it was expensive for them to produce big panels, and they stupidly miscalculated the success of OLED tvs, something Sony and LG had believe in, and thus why Samsung lost their pole position as the leaders in premium tvs. Even their QLED tvs these days fall behind Sony's lcd tvs, I gladly ditched my old QLED tv for the Sony 9000E, and hands down it's the closest an lcd tv can get to an OLED one.

24. andrewc31394

Posts: 290; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

QLED is not OLED....maybe you should get your facts right before criticizing others lol

28. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Stop try act cool lying pathetic fool. You are a total disgrace.

30. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

This proves he really is TechieXP. TechieXP came out with this exact statement about 6 months ago. At first i thought Kiko was wrong but now i would say he is definetly right.

33. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You waited for this to know that? Bro, the moment you see long ass essays, with tens of misspelled words in them, and no specific points, just someone rambling about how great Samsung and how terrible Apple are, be assured that you're dealing with Techie. PA can ban his accounts all they want, but this man is a fighter, he'll come back with a new account, a new personality, but the same old dumb fanboy.

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

QLED TVs are OLED tvs. Lol. And Samsung has the best OLED tech period.

15. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Haha no they aren't :D don't you even know what OLED means? you haven't figure that out so far from smartphone screens?

20. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Oh please stop. Qled is just repackaged led.

22. DFranch

Posts: 533; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

23. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

He feel so stupid now so i can bet he won't comment to this article anymore, this was so funny :D

29. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

He is another brain dead Samsung fool always trying to act as if he knows everything. He didn't even realize how he humiliated himself. So sad.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

QLED is certainly not OLED. Not even closely related. I can only assume you're trying to troll, as any normal person who met this much resistance to his "facts" would have looked it up to be sure and realized he was wrong (then either admitted it or just disappeared).

38. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

He looked it up and disappeared just like i expected, i mean what he can say here anymore, this was so funny.

5. Fred3

Posts: 496; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Of you were to see how OLED Tvs and others are made you'll see why it's a really bad idea

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Totally different .. a 55" inch panel structure isn't same as a 6" inch display Samsung : bad oled TV , perfect smartphone amoled display LG : awful display panel , awesome oled TV

14. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Screen quality is lot to do with software too

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

3. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

It's all about what the manufacturing can produce in quantity and at high quality. This will likely work out well in the end, and it's another way to get another maker back into the game when it can't on it's own. The LG phones haven't been true hits even if technically all right. This helps them as much as it does Apple. Samsung probably won't like this so much though.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

People who get iPhones with LG displays probably won't like it much.

7. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

There will be a nice #displayGate in 2019 iPhone lol

8. Vyshak75

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

The rumoured success of iPhone XR?

9. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Its better to get OLED from LG coz I don’t want Samsung to get rich by selling OLED panels to iphones than selling their own garbage phones.

25. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Samsung is a multi billion dollar corporation fool. With or without apple they'll still be. Apple going to need a whole ton of sheep like you in the future to keep buying their non innovative trash.

26. midan

Posts: 2722; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why so bitter?

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