Despite all the advantages of OLED screens Apple still uses in the iPhone and iPad liquid crystal displays. However, in the near future the situation may change, especially as “smart” clock Apple Watch is already equipped with panels based on organic light emitting diodes.
According to Korean publication KoreaTimes with reference to the representative of Samsung, the company held talks with Apple about supplying OLED screens for devices running iOS. It is noted that the purchase agreement is in the final stages, and the company is close to signing an agreement.
“Samsung Display has recently resumed negotiations with Apple to supply small OLED displays for the new iPhone that will be released in the next few years. In my opinion, this should happen in 2018, said a top Manager of Samsung. – OLED displays made by Samsung Display are still used in all flagship smartphones Galaxy… But the demand for phones will remain weak because of the trends in the mobile industry. Samsung Display and need long-term contracts with new and reliable key partners on the supply of OLED panels”.
If Samsung Display will receive the order on the production of OLED-screens for the iPhone, the release of this product, most likely, will be performed at the L5 plants in South Korea. According to the company, this will allow you to diversify your portfolio and customer base, reducing dependence on demand for smartphones family Galaxy. At the same time, the current situation on the market does not guarantee that Apple will refuse to use LCD. And the decision of Cupertino will be dictated, primarily, the economic expediency of this step.
Currently Samsung is the only supplier of OLED displays for Apple Watch, while competitors LG Display, Japan Display and Sharp a divide between contracts for the production of LCD panels for smartphones and tablets Apple. Manufacturing large-size OLED production requires more production resources, and the cost of these screens is higher than that of LCD panels.
Previously, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a forecast that Apple will ignore the use of AMOLED displays in phones until at least 2018.