Update November 29, 2015

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Apple reportedly switching over to OLED for iPhone panels in 2018

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Report claims Apple likely to move to OLED for mobile devices in coming years

29 November 2015, Nirapad News: Apple may switch away from LCD for its iPhone displays, in favor of organic LED (OLED) panels in the future, according to a report. It is claimed Apple is considering the move in display technology starting in 2018, but while this may give potential display panel suppliers like LG and Samsung time to fine tune their manufacturing processes to cope, there is the suggestion that LCD may still end up being used in a proportion of iPhones made in that year.

Sources of Nikkei claim Apple’s exploration in OLED influenced LG Display in its own decision to expand OLED production, with a new large-scale manufacturing line being constructed at a plant in Paju, South Korea. LG previously announced it would be opening up another smaller-scale line at its Gumi, South Korea facility, at a cost of 1.05 trillion won ($927 million).

While this may be of a great benefit to LG Display, the move will almost certainly affect other panel producers. Samsung is likely to be brought in as an OLED panel supplier, due to its current ability to produce the display panels in high quantities, in order to help supplement LG’s supply.

Existing LCD suppliers to Apple may find their business with the company dwindle as a result, with iPhone screen production accounting for approximately 30 percent of Japan Display’s business. Even so, Japan Display and Sharp could still retain some of their existing revenue, as it is suggested LG and Samsung’s OLED production lines will not have the capacity to outfit over 200 million iPhones in a year. For the remainder unable to use OLED, it is likely LED will continue to be offered as an option to consumers.

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