Samsung could build 40 million OLED panels for future iPhone models

The South Korean company – currently the largest supplier of OLED panels in the world – is in negotiations with Apple, in order to supply the Californian company with such panels in the next three years .

As we have already seen months ago, Apple is working on incorporating this technology -based on organic light-emitting diodes, as its own acronym indicates- into its screens. After having mounted high-resolution IPS panels on its flagship device for generation after generation – self-designated, Retina Display – since the introduction of iPhone 4, Apple is planning to make a radical change to the panels on its displays.

Samsung could build 40 million OLED panels for future iPhone models
Samsung could build 40 million OLED panels for future iPhone models

If the Japanese newspaper Nikkei informed us of the possibility that this technology will start to be seen on future iPhone devices from 2017, it is now the well-known technology portal DigiTimes Research who claims that Samsung will be a supplier to Cupertino’s company for the next 3 years .

In addition to Samsung, Apple is likely to have among its panel suppliers LG Display, AU Optronics, Japan Display and Foxconn – some of them already known to Cupertino’s company. However, will be the South Korean company that will make the largest percentage of panels available to Apple, becoming the company’s main supplier of the “Big Apple” . The number of panels pointed out by DigiTimes confirms this:

  • 2017: 40 million OLED panels
  • 2018: 80 million OLED panels
  • 2019: 120 million OLED panels

There are many benefits that this technology could bring to future generations of iPhone. Time will tell if the deadlines mentioned by DigiTimes are met and if we will see the first iPhone with OLED technology by 2017 .

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