LG Named Second Supplier of OLED Displays in iPhones

LG has been selected as a secondary supplier of flexible OLED display panels for iPhones, according to Korean publication ETNews.


The report, citing unnamed sources, claims that LG's sixth-generation flexible OLED display panels recently passed a series of Apple's quality tests. LG is now preparing for mass production at one of its plants, the sources said.

In April, The Wall Street Journal reported that Samsung would likely remain Apple's exclusive supplier of OLED display panels for the latest iPhones, unveiled Wednesday, after LG fell behind schedule due to mass production challenges.

If today's report is accurate, however, LG may still be coming on board as a secondary supplier of at least some OLED panels soon. Korean newspaper Newspin reported about a potential deal signed between Apple and LG back in July.

Samsung has been Apple's exclusive supplier of OLED display panels since the iPhone X launched last year. Numerous reports have identified LG as a potential second supplier, as Apple routinely aims to diversify its component makers.

While this news does not have significant implications for customers, Apple can potentially negotiate lower prices for OLED panels as Samsung and LG compete for its business, thereby lowering its production costs of OLED-equipped iPhones.

Earlier this week, Apple introduced the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sized OLED displays respectively. The new, lower-priced iPhone XR is equipped with a 6.1-inch LCD as a cost-cutting measure.

The original iPhone X also has a 5.8-inch OLED display, but Apple discontinued that model upon announcing the XS and XS Max.



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9 weeks ago

LGs screens the issue seems to be image retention and no uniformity between one screen and the next. LG cannot guarantee the quality of the screens in their own flagship devices that sell in small numbers, what chance have they got with Apple who will want the very best and at numbers far beyond what LG are used to.

You should realize Apple has something QA. Apple Watches all ship with LG OLED.I haven’t seen any crazy problems with that.
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9 weeks ago

Guessing the miidbon here will change now regarding the Pixel XL 2 display. The blue tint will become magical.


Why would the issue of another device be magical for a an Apple device? And what makes you think that LG have not managed to improve the quality of their displays? You are trying to imply that Apple fans would just brush any issue under carpet and make it unexisting on an Apple products but to be honest from what I have seen Apple fans are some of the most vocal ones you would find. In case you have not noticed here, the forum is dominated by complains and negativity. Which I think quite often are valid but sometimes just laughable.
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9 weeks ago
Guessing the mood here will change now regarding the Pixel XL 2 display. The blue tint will become magical.
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9 weeks ago
Love my LG OLED TV. It's 65" and cost less than two fully loaded Xs Maxes.
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9 weeks ago

Love my LG OLED TV. It's 65" and cost less than two fully loaded Xs Maxes.

LG rules the roost when it comes to HDTVs but their little OLED screens not so much.
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9 weeks ago

Great. Hope I got a Samsung display. Nvm. See it is for future panels.

Was about to say, hurry up and buy a Xs right now! Don’t be stuck with an LG panel
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9 weeks ago
I've been registered since 2007. I still don't know what "Reply to Thread" means
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9 weeks ago
Great. Hope I got a Samsung display. Nvm. See it is for future panels.
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9 weeks ago
I’ve never been satisfied with a Samsung display in any product... TVs, phones, refrigerators... you name it. LG makes far superior displays, generally, and if their new small-sized OLEDs meet Apple’s specifications then I’m sure they will be great.
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9 weeks ago
As someone who has seen more than my fair share of wonky Samsung displays, I think this is going to be less of a big deal than everyone thinks. At least by next year. I think Apple will ride on LG’s backs to assure quality that’s better than LG provided to themselves or Google.

I have a Samsung S8+ with a nasty pink stain around the edges. Samsung issued a software fix for the problem but it’s still not a great looking display. My husband got a Note 7 display that was murky like swamp water.

His iPhone X with the Samsung display has blue shift as bad as the one on his Pixel 2 XL display that was made by LG. My Samsung-made Pixel 2 display has a fierce pwm flicker and very faint pink staining on the right hand side.

My iPhone X that I returned had faint pink staining and a fierce pwm flicker. It has a better white balance than my husband’s IPhone X display had but it had a harsh contrast that was a bit too intense with nasty pwm flicker and hurt my eyes. None of my adjustments of the display settings made it any more pleasant to look at.

So, OLED is not without tremendous quality variances and issues even when made by Samsung. It sounds like Apple has a lot of oversight of LG’s output. It could be good.

We shall see.
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