Samsung Begins Running OLED Production Lines for iPhone 8 at Full Capacity

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As we enter the season of iPhone production ramp-up stories, news out of Apple's supply chain today reports that Samsung Display is gearing up to operate seven of its next-generation OLED lines at full capacity in August, all of which are dedicated to Apple and the iPhone 8.

    According to ETNews, the OLED ramp-up follows a series of inspections that Samsung made on each of the seven lines over the past few weeks in preparation for Apple's much-anticipated OLED-only iPhone 8. Samsung Display is the only supplier of OLED screens for the 2017 iPhone, and the manufacturer is said to see an increase from 15,000 panels per month to 105,000 panels per month following the full scale production increase.


    Samsung Display crafts multiple iPhone screens out of a single of its OLED panels, so if it keeps its production lines at maximum capacity with 100 percent yield, the supplier can produce 130 million 5.8-inch OLED iPhone screens in one year. Of course, the reality is that OLED is difficult to manufacture, and industry watchers believe that the yield rate for the Samsung Display OLED iPhone 8 line will be "at least" 60 percent. Multiple reports this year have pointed towards production delays in the supply chain, potentially leading to a limited capacity iPhone 8 launch.

    While Samsung Display will be the sole OLED supplier for the 2017 iPhone, numerous sources have said that a new supplier -- LG Display -- will enter Apple's OLED supply chain in 2018. Apple is said to have invested $2.6 billion into LG Display to help the supplier get set up as a major OLED manufacturer for future iPhones, with Apple pressing LG to be ready as soon as next year. LG Display is also planning to invest $13 billion in OLED production over the next three years, continuing its dominance in the OLED TV screen market and specifically hoping to "make inroads against rival Samsung in smartphone displays."

    Article Link: Samsung Begins Running OLED Production Lines for iPhone 8 at Full Capacity
  2. RCS31 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
  3. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
  4. nabeel24 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    Looks like there's gonna be a long wait to get hands on the O-LED model.

    On the other hand, we should be getting more screen leaks pretty soon!
  5. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Sounds like (by rumour anyway) that mass production has just started (not just the screen, but phone as well). Wonder if we'll start to see some part leaks over the coming weeks.
  6. Sunny1990, Aug 4, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Really hope Samsung fills all the orders on time, So we don't face shortages on release day.
  7. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    It may bot be fully in stock until April 2018 I bet.
  8. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    I just hope the iPhone upgrade program has been fixed! If it releases "late" its whatever, but I don't want to wait till January because Apple can't get there preorder fixed. (Also, don't like being up till 3am for nothing)
  9. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I hope they have a better system for people on the iPhone Upgrade Program.
  10. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Slightly off topic, does anybody know any LCD or OLED displays with a concave outline (as the notch in the iPhone 8 would require)?
  11. ChromeCloud macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    I find it kind of funny that Samsung is basically the only company that can actually supply OLED screens to Apple in the right capacity to launch the iPhone 8 and yet they don't use this as a competitive advantage over Apple.

    The iPhone 8 design is heavily dependent on using an OLED screen. If Samsung didn't agree to supply the OLED screens to Apple, there would be no iPhone 8.

    I'd be curious to know what kind of secret agreement there is between Apple and Samsung. It can't be just about producing screens and getting a little bit more money out of it.
  12. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    Don't need them this time around when Apple is leaking everything
  13. PsykX macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    (My) bad Photoshop skills are bad, but why wouldn't it look this this instead, so that the cutout at the top doesn't show anymore ?
    iPhone 8 Dark UI.png
  14. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020

    Feb 11, 2007
    Wow its gonna be like 6 months to get an iPhone 8 :(
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    We will know in September.
  16. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    There's no way it's going to look like the mockup on the right considering Apple's use of continuous curves in all of their design and not simply rounded corners (like the top two corners of the right mockup). There's a subtle difference, but it makes the edges flow into one another much better.

    Even their icons use the continuous curves post iOS 7.


    Regardless, let's hope Samsung churning out the displays at full capacity is enough.
  17. JPack macrumors 68030


    Mar 27, 2017
    You overestimate the dependence on OLED and Samsung's competitive advantage. Using OLED is hardly a make or break feature for iPhone. If Apple can remove Touch ID, do you really think OLED is a must? Is there some major deficiency with the iPhone 7 display that needs fixing?

    At least one other Korean and three other Chinese companies are producing OLED. Being the sole supplier is not just "a little bit more money." It's a lot of money supplying 200 million units. The Samsung Group is a conglomerate because they do large scale businesses and cut other competitors out. Not supplying Apple with OLED and letting LG, Tianma, BOE, and CSOT take the business this year or next year is short sighted.
  18. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    Because people want an iPhone and not a Samsung, even if the Samsung has an OLED screen.

    And because OLED technology is not exclusive to Samsung. If they don’t give Apple the OLEDs, LG and others would be happy to serve.

    Is that difficult to understand?
  19. CygnusTC macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2010
    Wow....a 60% or more yield rate? That is crazy! What happens to the production that is considered failed? Garbage? Shows up in cheap Chinese knockoffs? That is amazing to think that is the best yield rate nowadays.....
  20. NBAasDOGG macrumors regular


    May 27, 2017
    Apple needs at least 8-10 million OLED panels per month to have a proper release. Or else we are forced to get the 7S....
  21. truthertech macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2016

    That's not how it works in the business world. First, there would be a new 7s and a new 8, even if it didn't have an OLED screen and there will be many other advances beyond the OLED. The current phone doesn't have OLED, yet smokes Samsung's best phones by such a massive amount in sales that they aren't in the same league.

    More importantly, Samsung is a conglomerate and it would be insanity for Samsung to forego billions of dollars in profits, this year and in subsequent years from the sale of OLED screens to Apple. Whatever small percentage of people who would not purchase an iPhone simply because it didn't have an OLED screen would bring an insignificant amount of revenue to Samsung compared to the loss of billions.
  22. JPack macrumors 68030


    Mar 27, 2017
    Goes to Apple Watch.
  23. tchadrainwater macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2015

    That's not how these things work, 1st they are separate divisions and departments and also there is a crazy diabolical tight agreement of non-supply chain, we create a media block that get manufactured by Dolby yet they don't and can't copy it.
  24. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Where did you come up with these assertions? Apple doesn't "Force" anyone to purchase their products. The consumer has options.

    Apple placed an order for 70 Million OLED panels with Samsung, which they will supply Apple up to 92 Million OLED panels until 2019. Furthermore, Apple reportedly will be using LG as a future OLED panel supplier after Samsung For the majority of their iPhone line up. Seems Apple has enough competence to plan for the future.

    "Apple is reportedly in talks with LG Display to invest about 2 to 3 trillion won (US$1.75-2.62 billion) into the Korean display maker’s new OLED production lines exclusively dedicated to Apple orders. "
  25. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015

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