Apple Reportedly Investing Billions in LG to Make OLED Displays for Future iPhones

Apple is widely expected to introduce its first iPhone with an OLED display later this year, after a decade of using solely LCD technology.


Earlier reports peg Samsung as the exclusive supplier of OLED displays for the high-end smartphone, as the only company that can reliably produce both the quantity and quality of panels that Apple demands.

That could change within a few years, however, as Apple has decided to invest 3 trillion won/$2.67 billion in LG's OLED production for smartphones, according to The Investor, citing a Korea Economic Daily newspaper report.

Apple will reportedly make the investment as advance payment for the planned OLED display supplies from the Korean display maker. The iPhone maker is said to secure 45,000 panels per month for future iPhones from 2019.

Apple always aims to diversify its supply chain in order to secure lower prices and reduce the risk of relying on one supplier, so it's easy to see why the iPhone maker appears to be willing to help LG ramp up OLED display production.

Reports about Apple's potential investment first surfaced earlier this month, after the companies allegedly tentatively agreed upon the investment plans, and it now appears that a deal has been or is nearly finalized.

LG is likely to build a production line dedicated to iPhone orders only, as part of its agreement with Apple, according to The Investor.

It is frequently rumored that Apple will introduce a trio of new iPhone models later this year, including iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models with LCDs and the so-called "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" with an OLED display.

Rumors suggest Apple could switch to OLED displays for its entire iPhone lineup by 2019, potentially lining up nicely with LG's production readiness.



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11 months ago
Tim championed the Flash Storage investment over a decade ago that allowed apple to basically tie up an entire industry for years. I expect this to have a similar outcome. This is a very smart use of their cash reserves.
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11 months ago
Once again.....Apple investing their money without checking with CEO & CFO MacRumors members here....sigh!
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11 months ago
A win/win for both companies.
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11 months ago

Not as good as Samsung OLEDs.
Samsung ALWAYS betters LG in tech,build quality and quality control.


Wrong, OLED technology by LG has a patented system in it bought from Kodak, far superior to Samsung OLED.
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11 months ago
Interestingly, Samsung has also signed a big deal with LG... to supply them with LCD screens for TVs.

(Samsung has been swinging their own production to OLED.)
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11 months ago

LG makes nice OLED displays. it's Good apple is investing money in the right place. Can't wait to see OLED display in my next iPhone.

Not as good as Samsung OLEDs.
Samsung ALWAYS betters LG in tech,build quality and quality control.
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11 months ago
That will be an investment with a great rate of return.
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11 months ago

Once again.....Apple investing their money without checking with CEO & CFO MacRumors members here....sigh!


Out of the 4 replies on this article, excluding yours and now mine, everyone seemed very, very positive about this.
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11 months ago

Another fantastic reason for Apple to use LG is because of...

http://www.quora.com/Can-the-touch-screen-of-a-smart-phone-be-used-as-a-finger-print-scanner

http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=203761

Most likely something most in here forgot about or didn't realise of LG?


The news in the second link is from may last year yet we didn't see anything yet. (on other handsets too)

I do want to believe Apple incorporates this into it's display instead of the other options mentioned here before like TiD on the back/side or no TiD at all.

As for your first link, can't acces it right now, somehow my VPN connection doesn't allow it.
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11 months ago

What happened to micro-LED?


Last i heard... was still on path to be manufactured in 1.5”-2” sizes by 2019.
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