Unlike other brands, Apple has the (blessed) need to meet a high demand, so not any supplier can cope with and manufacture so many components in such a short time. Apple’s priority, however, is to diversify, so it is expected that this year it will not depend all on Samsung again.
According to a new report, many of the displays for Apple’s next flagship terminal will be made by LG Display. During 2017 both Apple and Google invested in LG’s factories and machinery to be able to manufacture OLED displays at a good pace and in a significant quantity . In principle, by 2018 LG already has enough production capacity not only for the next iPhone but also to manufacture a few iPhone X, its screen in particular.
Regarding the next iPhone there are also new details, it seems that Apple is planning to launch a 5.8 inch model like the current iPhone X, a 6.5 inch model with a similar size to the current Plus models and an intermediate 6.1 inch model but with an LCD screen. As always, this type of rumour must be taken with a pinch of salt and with a certain scepticism, unless it is confirmed or filtered out.
However, regardless of which models are launched, what really matters is the quality of the screens manufactured by LG . During 2017, one of the smartphones with OLED screens was Google’s Pixel 2, and precisely because of its screen it didn’t stand out. Is this LG’s fault for manufacturing them or Google’s for not adjusting the quality level? In either case, mistrust of LG’s OLED screens is widespread.
Apple – and any company – likes to keep its supply chain diversified and not depend on a single supplier for a key component such as the display. It is therefore not surprising that the company is looking for an alternative OLED provider to supply the OLED panels along with Samsung for this year’s iPhone. LG in this respect does not only need to meet the demand of Apple, but to match Samsung also in manufacturing quality, not for nothing Samsung currently has 95% of the world’s OLED display production.