LG Display to Supply Apple With 400,000 OLED iPhone Panels By End of Year

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    Apple has contracted LG Display to begin production of OLED panels for iPhones. According to ETNews, the display panels will be produced at LG's E6 production line in Paju, with shipping to begin next month.

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    LG will supply approximately 400,000 OLED panels to Apple before the end of the year, with the cost of each unit expected to be around $90.

    In September it was reported that LG's sixth-generation flexible OLED display panels passed a series of Apple's quality tests, which led to the preparation phase for mass production.

    In April, a report claimed that Samsung would likely remain Apple's exclusive supplier of OLED display panels for its latest phones, after LG fell behind schedule due to mass production challenges.

    However it looks like LG has cemented its position as Apple's secondary supplier of OLED panels. Korean newspaper Newspin reported about a potential deal signed between Apple and LG back in July.

    Apple in September launched the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays, respectively. Last month it launched the more affordable iPhone XR, but that phone has a 6.1-inch LCD "Liquid Retina" display.

    Apple can potentially negotiate lower prices for OLED panels as Samsung and LG compete for its business, which should in turn lower its production costs of OLED-equipped iPhones.

    Article Link: LG Display to Supply Apple With 400,000 OLED iPhone Panels By End of Year
     
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    Any way to tell if I end up with the Samsung or LG display? I plan to get XS in December.
     
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    Plot twist: LG is actually in cahoots with Samsung and there isn’t gonna be lower prices at all.
     
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    Any reason for needing to know?
     
  5. Mc0 macrumors member

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    Don’t worry abou it too much. Apple’s strict QA test should prevent the pixel xl fiasco LG made last year.
     
  6. newyorksole macrumors 68040

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    Some people think the quality of displays differs depending on who makes it. I personally never really see differences.

    Also, is anyone annoyed by the iPhone XS/Max bubble wallpapers? The quality is so poor, yet on the box of the iPhone they’re so good.
     
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    Tell that to the LG MacBook Air displays.
     
  9. CJM macrumors 65816

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    $90 each is definitely a lot for a single component. Especially when the order is for 400,000.
     
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    These people are mostly MacRumors community guys. No one outside the "Nerd" circle gives a flying monkey who makes what, as long as the quality is good.
     
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    If the rumor is true, it's only 400K panels. With the total number of panels Apple will be shipping, the chances of getting an LG panel are really really small.

    Look at this way. If Apple ships 50-60 million OLED panels by end of the year, 400K will be LG. You have almost no chance of getting one
     
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    I think you will find that Samsung charges a lot more.
     
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    That means only 1 thing! The price of 2019 iPhone will go up!
     
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    From a consumer perspective, this means nothing except more profit for Apple. It's not like it will translate to lower end user cost.
     
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    What a joker? :p

    AMOLED has yet to transition to the iPad product line and Mac.

    The setpchild being the iPod Touch, why is this product still manufactured if it’s not going to be updated?
     
  16. samcow macrumors regular

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    This is where Tim Cook shines
     
  17. now i see it macrumors 68020

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    With the variability of quality currently coming out of Samsung for the current iPhone OLED displays, nobody is gunna see the difference between the two manufacturers. It's a crapshoot already whether you get a good display or not from Samsung.
     
  18. adamjackson macrumors 65816

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    It'd be nice if lower component costs led to lower prices. :(
     
  19. shrutte macrumors newbie

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    I have to agree based on my experience with xs maxes that I tried.
     
  20. genovelle macrumors 6502a

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    It will allow them to lower the price when they release next years model
     
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    No it won't. Lowering the price of the previous year's items is a consequence of economics. Basically any company with reoccurring product releases does that... every year.
     
  22. melancholy macrumors 6502

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    Seems like all Live Wallpapers are low quality. Including the ones included for iPhone 6S and iPhone X.
     
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    Your right, but you forgot stock holders are happy about this news.

    At Best, it’ll keep prices where they are for a little longer IMO (we’ll see) rather than increases continually each year.
     
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    I didn't forget about stock holders. I commented about consumers. ;)
    Two entirely different perspectives.

    Not sure why you'd think a second vendor would help stabilize cost to consumers. It hasn't thus far and Apple has multiple vendors for multiple components. Yet prices still rise.
     
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    This won’t make a difference at all. The panels are made according to Apple’s specifications, and Apple’s hardcore quality control will probably make Samsung vs. LGs panels indistinguishable.
     

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