According to the source, in December last year, Apple turned to Samsung and LG with the question, will they be able to supply the OLED displays in the quantities required for the release of the iPhone with OLED screen in 2017. According to ETNews, now the market has started a real fight for the place of the main supplier of panels for smartphones, the amount of orders that could reach $12 billion.
The news suggests that the new display technology could happen sooner than expected. According to the information resource, Apple and Samsung Display have signed an agreement on supplies of Cupertino company 60 000 flexible OLED panels a month. This shipment will begin in the near future.
Previously it was assumed that the OLED screen can be equipped with iPhone 8, which Apple would likely release in 2018. Then the sources have corrected his claim by talking about the emergence of a new technology in the iPhone 7s. News about the beginning of the procurement OLED displays made by Samsung suggests that the screens on organic light emitting diodes can already debut in the next generation iPhone – iPhone 7.
The advantages of OLED panels include saturated colors, deep black is fundamentally unattainable on LCD monitors, small thickness and high energy efficiency. Samsung uses in its Galaxy smartphones AMOLED displays of its own production for the first year.
Other contenders for the production of OLED panels for iPhone are LG Display, Japan Display and Foxconn. The latter recently agreed to acquire Sharp, which is a major player in the display market. According to preliminary information, Apple has agreed to provide Samsung the status of the main supplier of OLED screens, which will produce at least 50% of all panels and between 70 and 80% of components at the initial stage.
Other companies are still kept “in reserve” and start purchasing modules in them, when the production capacity of Samsung Display will be fully loaded.