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Apple Places Order for 70 Million OLED iPhone Panels From Samsung

Production on the 2017 iPhone is moving along, with Apple recently having placed orders for 70 million OLED panels, reports Nikkei. Samsung, as we already know, will be Apple's sole OLED supplier, and will provide Apple with the panels.

Demand for the 2017 iPhone, which is expected to feature a major design overhaul with an edge-to-edge display, glass body, and a premium price tag, is expected to be high as it typically is in a year when a new look is unveiled. Apple and Samsung are gearing up to meet demand with the large panel order.

"iPhone X" concept via Gabor Balogh

Nikkei's info comes from a supply chain source and also matches with estimates provided by IHS Markit analyst David Hsieh.
"Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations," Hsieh said.
There have already been rumors suggesting the OLED iPhone will be in short supply when it launches in September, with the majority of the stock unavailable until later in the year, and Hsieh also believes that could be the case. "It is also possible that some of these 70 million handsets will not be shipped to customers this year and be carried over to next year depending on demand," he said.

Nikkei's industry source, in addition to covering panel orders, also shared some details on the upcoming device that echoes many rumors we've heard in the past.

The site believes we will see a premium OLED iPhone with a 5.2-inch screen and no home button, which will be sold alongside standard 4.7 and 5.5-inch devices with LCD screens and home buttons. All three iPhones will include wireless charging functionality (lately said to be inductive) and waterproofing, while at least one model, presumably the OLED iPhone, will include a 3D sensor that supports facial recognition.

Other features rumored for the iPhone 8 not mentioned in Nikkei's report include camera improvements, a faster and more efficient A11 processor, Touch ID built into the display, True Tone ambient light adjustment, and perhaps augmented reality functionality enabled through the camera.

Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017)
Tag: nikkei.com


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3 weeks ago
Thanks Samsung for developing, manufacturing and beta testing our OLED panels. We will still say Apples implementation is way better though.
Rating: 20 Votes
3 weeks ago

Highly doubt it will look better than the galaxy 8

Basically the perfect design


Really? Those ugly rounded corners and a fingerprint sensor on the back? I'd hope Apple could do better.
Rating: 16 Votes
3 weeks ago
70 million Retina "Infinity and Beyond" Displays, can't wait.
Rating: 12 Votes
3 weeks ago

I'd prefer if Apple didn't give Samsung any business.

Apple should have purchased SHARP.


Yeah it sucks for Apple zealots that Samsung are still major leaders in component manufacturing. Amongst other markets that Apple don't even operate in.

For the rest of us who don't care where technology advancement comes from as long as it's advancing then this news is inconsequential.

Sharp might be happy they didn't get bought too, considering the recent news with Imagination and what happened with GT.
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
It's ironic to think back to the news in February 2013, when:

"At a Goldman Sachs investor conference today, the Apple CEO dismissed the idea that [OLED] display technology is something Apple should adopt."

and

Cook, asked if Apple would consider creating devices with larger displays, said that size and specifications are things companies focus on when they can’t “create an amazing experience.”
Rating: 10 Votes
3 weeks ago
I'd prefer if Apple didn't give Samsung any business.

Apple should have purchased SHARP.
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
Officially excited!
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
Let's hope they can fill the order so we will not have shortages on release day as in previous years .
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago
Highly doubt it will look better than the galaxy 8

Basically the perfect design
Rating: 5 Votes
3 weeks ago

I find it funny that Apple do a better job than Samsung than Samsun themselves do with their own parts.

Neither funny or true!
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Yep.

The problem with Samsung (and many other Android phones) is that their "features" are short-sighted, their designs are "of the time" - IE, they look "fashionable" in the MOMENT, but will age VERY fast... that's if the "chrome" doesn't wear off and leave the HIDEOUS white plastic underneath BEFORE these design trends fade... they age SO disgracefully, what a load of cack.
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What do you want it to do - stand on one leg and juggle flaming torches? It's a phone, not a clown at a child's Birthday party - if you want to be amused or interested, go to the theatre and the museum.

:rolleyes:


It might well be that Samsung look "Fashionable" and then age very fast (Don't agree personally, still think my edge 6 is still one of the better looking phones); Apple overcome this problem by launching already aged products each year, or in the case of Macs, basically launch nothing.
Rating: 4 Votes

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