OLED iPhone Confirmed As Apple Cuts Deal With Samsung
An OLED display looks to be on the cards for 2017’s iPhone, with reports that Apple has made an order of 70 million OLED panels from Samsung’s Display division.
Sources told the Nikkei Asian Review that “Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations.”
Samsung Display currently produces 95% of OLED displays for smartphones.
Nikkei say the new premium model will be the first Apple handset to feature wireless charging and a waterproof design.
The scale of this order suggests a lot of confidence on Apple’s part in what analysts are calling the “super cycle”.
It also lines up with previous reports that OLED displays for smartphones would be in short supply in 2017, affecting the ability of smaller players in the smartphone world to compete with giants Apple and Samsung.
Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn recently acquired technology company Sharp with the goal of setting up a new OLED production plant. However, the new plant isn’t expected to begin production until 2019.