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Apple Signs Two-Year Deal With Samsung For 92 Million OLED iPhone Panels

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Apple has reportedly signed a two-year contract with Samsung for the supply up to 92 million curved OLED panels, as it attempts to ramp up capacity for this year's release of its high-end "iPhone 8".

Earlier this week supply chain sources claimed Apple had ordered 70 million units of panels from Samsung, its sole OLED supplier for the upcoming phone, which is expected to feature a major design overhaul. However, according to reports on Thursday in Korea-based ET News, Chosun Biz, and other media outlets, Apple has upped its OLED demands in an effort to cater for higher demand later this year and beyond 2017.

"iPhone X" concept via Gabor Balogh

Based on the contract, Samsung Display will ship 70-92 million small-size OLED panels to Apple in 2017, said the reports. This means that about 30% of iPhone devices shipped in 2017 will come with curved OLED panels, given that Apple currently ships about 200 million iPhone devices a year.
Rumors have consistently suggested Apple will offer the OLED iPhone alongside more typical iPhone 7S and 7S Plus models with standard LCD panels when it announces the devices in September. Apart from a 5.2-inch edge-to-edge display, the redesigned "10th anniversary" iPhone is thought to feature a glass body, some form of wireless charging, no Home button, and a premium price tag.

Meanwhile, Taiwan-based Yuanta Securities Investment Consulting has estimated that shipments of Apple's forthcoming iPhones are likely to reach 100 million units in 2017. At least 55 million of the units are expected to feature OLED panels.

Samsung has reportedly converted an LCD factory in Asia into an OLED panel plant to meet Apple's demands. The South Korean firm's total investments for OLED production lines could reach 10 trillion won in 2017, according to sources from the supply chain.

(via DigiTimes.)

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Loving the fact Apple is trying to get more units out for launch of the anniversary edition! I'll be getting one for sure. I don't like the concept MR is using in its current OLED stories, though. UGLY!
 
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djcerla

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This means that about 30% of iPhone devices shipped in 2017 will come with curved OLED panels

No, this does not mean that, as Samsung is not the world's only OLED supplier.
 
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recoil80

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This means that about 30% of iPhone devices shipped in 2017 will come with curved OLED panels

No, this does not mean that, as Samsung is not the world's only OLED supplier.

Good point, it doesn't necessarily mean that.
I don't remember if currently they have only one supplier for the LCD of the 7 and 7 plus.
 

Dave245

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Does this mean that the screen in the iPhone 8 will be exactly the same as the one in the S8 or can Apple alter them? just wondering if Apple has something else up it's sleeve in terms of the display because there are rumours that the 8 will have the True Tone display from the iPad Pro.
 

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Does this mean that the screen in the iPhone 8 will be exactly the same as the one in the S8 or can Apple alter them? just wondering if Apple has something else up it's sleeve in terms of the display because there are rumours that the 8 will have the True Tone display from the iPad Pro.

That's just a camera and software that alters what's displayed, it doesn't involve anything special in the screen itself, as I understand it.
 

Dave245

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That's just a camera and software that alters what's displayed, it doesn't involve anything special in the screen itself, as I understand it.

Oh ok, i just wondered if Apple has the ability to tweak the displays themselves, they usually have great displays on their devices (the iPhone, iPad and iMac all have great displays) and i wondered whether that is down to something Apple does or if it's just where they get the displays from.
 

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I have seen a Galaxy 7 edge in the Carphone warehouse (demo) full of ghostly burns on it. So it kind of still is, unless it have vastly improved from last year.

A demo model in carphone warehouse . Sure trumps an owners unit. ;) really ..... sightings in carphone warehouse....that's a great indicator of quality . I've seen a bunch of broken phones there.... no indicator of thier durability .

Have u ever seen a demon model not be on 100% of the time ? Maybe a little burn in....?
 

recoil80

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That's just a camera and software that alters what's displayed, it doesn't involve anything special in the screen itself, as I understand it.

I think you're correct.
Besides, Apple is asking Samsung to produce an OLED display, it doesn't mean it will be identical to the one they put in the S8. It could have different specs as far as we know
 

dantroline

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Hopefully I can actually get my hands one of the 92 million OLED iPhones come Fall.
I had an OLED phone - Samsung. It was very good, but my phone now has an IPS screen and it's basically exactly the same to use - possibly better battery life due to it being a Sony. Only difference is OLED can go really dim without grey-out, so if I'm using it in complete darkness it was marginally better before. Otherwise it's something where you notice the difference for maybe 10 minutes and then it's just a phone again.

So in summary, OLED is going to bring marginal improvement to your already fantastic display for a not so marginal price increase.
 

blackcrayon

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Oh ok, i just wondered if Apple has the ability to tweak the displays themselves, they usually have great displays on their devices (the iPhone, iPad and iMac all have great displays) and i wondered whether that is down to something Apple does or if it's just where they get the displays from.

They do have the opportunity to order custom changes to specs within Samsung's ability. Hopefully theyre going to pay for the best that can be produced (within reason).
 

Dave245

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They do have the opportunity to order custom changes to specs within Samsung's ability. Hopefully theyre going to pay for the best that can be produced (within reason).

Ok, i just wondered because it's not something i know much about and i've heard that OLED can have problems such as ghosting on the screen.
 
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