Apple agrees with LG for foldable display

Apple agrees with LG for foldable display

Apple has reportedly started working on a foldable iPhone with LG Display, not Samsung Display - the sole OLED supplier - possibly due to concerns over tech leaks to its archrival Samsung Electronics.

Patently Apple posted a report back in December 2016 titled "Korean Report Wildly Speculates that LG is Working with Apple, Google & Microsoft to Deliver Foldable Devices by 2018". The report also added that LG Innotek is working on developing a flexible printed circuit board or RFPCB for these foldable iPhones. So that means Samsung is charging as high as it wants to produce those screens, and Apple has no choice but to pay up. The report claims Apple isn't planning to put a bending handset into production until 2020.

Amid Samsung's near monopoly in mobile OLED production, Apple has been strengthening its partnership with LG Display, its long-time LCD partner.

There was a varient of this rumor that surfaced back in May about Apple preparing a foldable smartphone with LG.


Samsung has not yet made any moves to commercialize the flexible OLED displays, however, which may be why Apple knocked on the doors of a different smartphone company: LG.

According to a report, the Samsung's new smartphone named "Samsung X" has passed South Korea's NRA certification or National Radio Agency. The Investor notes, though, that LGD is expected to begin OLED iPhone screen production at its E6 plant in Paju in 2019. Moon Capital Management LLC's holdings in Apple were worth $1,214,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Samsung is now the sole manufacturer of the OLED displays, NAND flash and DRAM chip in quantities required by Apple for its iPhones.

If this year's bezel-less iPhone X didn't impress you, Apple has something else up its sleeve to dazzle you in the future. The rumoured Galaxy X featuring foldable display is said to launch next year. The same can be said for Samsung's own foldable phone as well.

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