Apple applies LCD screen for its current smartphones. It was rumored that Apple would use OLED screen for its iPhone 7. Nikkei Newspaper lately reported that Apple decided to use OLED screen in 2018. Korean LG and Samsung start preparing for the OLED supply.
Nikkei Newspaper did not mention the source of this concerns Apple applies OLED screen in 2018.
It is reported that Apple has notified some screen suppliers, related enterprises to make preparations for the supply of OLED. LG is going to enlarge the productivity of OLED.
Nikkei Newspaper pointed out it would be a great challenge to purchase enough OLED screens for 200 million units of iPhone in 2018 even though the suppliers made preparations in advance. Apple might both use LCD screen and OLED screen to product two versions of iPhone.
As is all known, the technology of OLED is advanced than LCD’s. It is considered the replacement of LCD. Due to the expensive cost of producing OLED, it is hard to be the main stream technology. In the past year, OLED drew much attention by the public. More and more manufacturers apply OLED screen.
There are still difficulties need to overcome to popularize OLED. The luminance of OLED, electricity-saving performance and other functions will decline with the application of handsets.
Nikkei Newspaper suggested that Apple has consulted OLED panel manufacturers and related equippment suppliers. By next year, Apple and the suppliers will judge whether they could overcome the OLED technical defect. What’s more, Apple will make sure if the suppliers will be able to produce enough screens.
LG electronics decided to add a new production line for OLED in a plantation of Paju. Its board of directors will approve this investment plan soon.
LG display company announced it would invest $900 million to build a new production line for OLED screen in Gumi plantation.
Samsung display company will be one of the OLED screen suppliers. Samsung has already supplied the OLED screen for Apple Watch. Samsung is the only one to make mass production of OLED screen so far.
Samsung and LG will receive most of orders for OLED screen from Apple.
OLED screen gets better image quality, brighter color and save electricity. It has been using LCD screen since 2007.
Apple has been studying the image quality, expense of OLED screen in the past few years. With the improvement of OLED screen industry, Apple is now making stategies that benefiting to OLED.