LG Begins Mass Production of Displays Said to Be for Next iPhone

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Reuters reports that LG Display has officially announced the start of mass production on new displays that are thought to be making their way into the next-generation iPhone. The news, which follows similar comments from Sharp earlier this month, comes three weeks ahead of Apple's expected media event to introduce the new device.
Flat-screen maker LG Display has started mass production of a new and thinner display, widely speculated to be for use in Apple Inc's next iPhone, and the display's production schedule remains in line with customers' product release plans, LG's chief executive said.

"We just began mass production and we don't expect any disruption in supplies," Han Sang-beom, chief executive of LG Display, a panel supplier for Apple products, told reporters late on Wednesday.



The report also reiterates claims that the new iPhone displays will measure four inches diagonally and incorporate in-cell technology to embed touch sensors directly into the display, thereby decreasing the thickness of the component.

Update 8:17 PM: The Wall Street Journal has a similar report discussing Apple's plans for the panels:
The chief executive of LG Display Co. said the company has started the mass production of panels using the so-called in-cell technology since earlier this month, a new display technology that is widely expected to be used for Apple Inc.'s next iPhone device.

"We had some hard times (in developing the new in-cell technology) at first ... but it seems those hard times have finally ended," Han Sang-beom, LG Display's chief executive, told reporters late Wednesday.

"The in-cell technology is the industry's latest development. (But) we will be able to supply the panels without any fail," Mr. Han said.
The report goes on to note that LG, Sharp, and Japan Display are all producing displays with in-cell touch sensors for the next-generation iPhone, meeting their production goals despite the challenges of the new technology.

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Geckotek

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Does this seem to be a little late to anyone else?

Edit: My question has been answered in the very next post by chrmjenkins...(and then about 5 more times after that.....several incorrectly and several discussing something comlpetely unrelated to my point). Anyway, you guys can stop quoting/answering this question. Thank you and have a nice day.
 
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caligomez

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Hopefully there will be no yellow tint issues on the launch day batch. I got my iPhone 4 on launch day along with my wife's. Mine was cool, but hers was off tint.. Couldn't get a replacement for weeks..
 

ivladster

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So glad Apple is slowly moving away from Samsung. Other companies like Sony, LG and Sharp are playing much nicer with Apple. Hope Samsung, one day, learns the lesson.
 

AppleScruff1

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So glad Apple is slowly moving away from Samsung. Other companies like Sony, LG and Sharp are playing much nicer with Apple. Hope Samsung, one day, learns the lesson.
Hopefully Apple learns the lesson. Kudos to Samsung for not rolling over and playing dead.
 

cvaldes

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Does this seem to be a little late to anyone else?
Not really. Previous iOS devices have sourced multiple display manufacturers and sometimes yield issues have been reported with certain suppliers.

This is good for Apple as they don't rely on one supplier and cost competition/production yield makes the suppliers compete pretty fairly. Also, since Apple is not in component manufacturing/final assembly, they can have others fight for the (lower-margin) business.

This is part of Tim Cook's longtime mastery in managing the supply chain.

It is about time that Apple should confirm the date of the iPhone 5 event.
Apple sends out media invites a week before the event. There's no logic in confirm the event any earlier as it would depress sales of the current product(s) beyond whatever anyone is speculating.

That's one reason why Apple doesn't participate in industry tradeshows anymore. They aren't expected to launch product on a given day predetermined years before by some convention center's schedule.
 

fertilized-egg

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So glad Apple is slowly moving away from Samsung. Other companies like Sony, LG and Sharp are playing much nicer with Apple. Hope Samsung, one day, learns the lesson.
Hopefully Apple learns the lesson. Kudos to Samsung for not rolling over and playing dead.
Samsung couldn't roll over even if they wanted because they don't have capacity for making phone LCDs for Apple. None of iPhone 4 or 4S used Samsung display.
 

StarPower

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I love this. STICK IT to those Shamsung crooks. This will hit them where it hurts. Props to Tim Cook for showing a sack of cajones akin to Mr. Jobs'.
 

clibinarius

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So glad Apple is slowly moving away from Samsung. Other companies like Sony, LG and Sharp are playing much nicer with Apple. Hope Samsung, one day, learns the lesson.
You realize that Sony LCDs are made in the plant jointly owned by Samsung, right?

To put this another way: Sony LCD is Samsung and Samsung is Sony.
 

faroZ06

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I love this. STICK IT to those Shamsung crooks. This will hit them where it hurts. Props to Tim Cook for showing a sack of cajones akin to Mr. Jobs'.
If you're going to talk about crookery in the mobile phone market, LG is worse than Samsung. LG does a great job of having a different charger for each of their devices. And like many companies, they do copy Apple. AND their products are generally bad and full of gimmicks. At least Samsung makes some decent phones.
 
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Mr. Retrofire

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Does this seem to be a little late to anyone else?
Yes. I can see better displays from Samsung and LG Display in new iMacs, and displays from Sharp in new iDevices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch). Sharp IGZO-displays allow some interesting products-thinner, more realistic touch screens (which make no sense on the iMac).