Apple Reportedly Orders 'Large Number' of Samsung Foldable Mobile Phone Display Samples

Samsung will reportedly provide foldable display samples for a potential future iPhone, following a request from Apple, according to leaker "Ice Universe," who has today shared the information on Weibo.

The "large number" of foldable displays will be samples for use in mobile phone devices, and Samsung will apparently supply the units to Apple for the duration of one year. The leaker also seemed to stress the immediacy of this development, perhaps implying that the order is about to commence.

Last year, it was reported that Samsung was shipping its foldable display technology to other companies, including Apple, in the hopes of receiving orders. The new leak may indicate that after testing initial samples last year, Apple is now trialling foldable devices more extensively. Some sources have proposed that a foldable ‌iPhone‌ could launch as soon as next year.

Samsung has historically been a key supplier to Apple, providing the OLED screens for iPhones. The company intends to dominate the foldable display market as a supplier, and was considering a move to step up production to 10 million units a year depending on demand.

Apple has been known to be working on foldable display technology for some time, filing multiple patents regarding the technology, and rumors have also floated around LG's potential involvement.

The repeated insinuation of Samsung's involvement and orders being placed by Apple offers a more concrete suggestion that work on a foldable ‌iPhone‌ is continuing at pace.

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6 weeks ago
Please no

I'd say foldable phones and tablets don't live up to Apple's quality and reliability standards - but then again I had 3 butterfly keyboard replacements
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6 weeks ago
Interesting concept. But we're all waiting for iPhone 12 at this point. Still waiting for this iPhone.



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6 weeks ago
Consumers will gravitate to wearables and voice tech. This folding monstrosity is just a gimmick, at least in its current form.
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6 weeks ago
This still seems so gimmicky. The idea of having an iPhone that can transform into an iPad in my pocket seems great, but not at the expense of having an iPhone twice as thick. Not to mention, the reliability and longevity of the screen where the phone folds still doesn't seem "there" yet, and I don't' want to pay $1,000+ to replace my screen after it has exceeded its "useful life" of folds. I'm sure Apple will continue prototyping, but I don't think we should expect to see this type of product for a while (not this year).
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6 weeks ago
You thought a crumb in your butterfly was a bad day.... try a crumb in your fold
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6 weeks ago
Oh please no...
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