LG finally becomes Apple's secondary iPhone OLED supplier, thwarting Samsung's monopoly
by Adrian Diaconescu / Sep 14, 2018, 9:01 AM
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.
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LG OLED TV panels are so awesome.Why don't they make it for smartphones?
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 9:16 AM 3
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They are two different technologies hence the reason Samsung OLED tv ain't good enough but their QLED is pretty awesome
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 9:17 AM 4
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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.
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 10:31 AM 0
Posts: 6673; 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.
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 11:18 AM 4
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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.
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 6:22 PM 1
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strategic_developer: You're just wrong!!! https://www.tomsguide.com/us/q
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 12:58 PM 1
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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).
posted on Sep 15, 2018, 12:33 AM 1
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It's awesome, but didn't last long..https://www.rtings.com/tv/lear
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 11:11 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 9:24 AM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 10:11 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 14, 2018, 2:31 PM 3
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