Samsung May Remain Exclusive Supplier of OLED Displays in 2018 iPhones Due to LG's Reported Production Issues

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LG Display is widely considered to be ramping up its OLED display production capabilities in hopes of securing orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone lineup, expected to be released later this year, but mass production challenges have caused the company to fall behind schedule, according to The Wall Street Journal.


The report, citing people familiar with the matter, claims that Apple recently subjected LG to a third round of prototype production for the OLED displays, described as an extra step that most suppliers don't go through for many components.

As a result, opinions within Apple are divided on whether LG Display will complement Samsung as a second source of OLED displays for the upcoming iPhones, according to the report. However, analysts at investment firm Susquehanna estimate that LG will supply as much as 20 percent of OLED displays for the 2018 lineup.

By securing orders from both Samsung and LG for OLED displays, Apple could benefit from more competitive prices and increased supply. Samsung is also one of Apple's largest rivals, so it's easy to see why Apple is aiming for diversification.

Should LG not be in a position to supply Apple with OLED displays for the next iPhones, it's unlikely that customers will notice much of an impact. If anything, availability of Apple's second-generation iPhone X and rumored iPhone X Plus could be slightly tighter, but supplies are typically limited at launch regardless.

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justperry

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As a result, opinions within Apple are divided on whether LG Display will complement Samsung as a second source of OLED displays for the upcoming iPhones, according to the report. However, analysts at investment firm Susquehanna estimate that Apple will supply as much as 20 percent of OLED displays for the 2018 lineup.
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Shouldn't that be LG.
 

Nozuka

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Sadly LG has yet to prove that their Phone screens can be just as good as the ones from Samsung.
 

techwhiz

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Samsung and Apple, connected at the hip.
Samsung gets paid when they sell their own phone or when Apple sells iPhones.
What a position to be in!
 
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WBRacing

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Just please give LG displays to all the self-professed Samsung haters, to save them from their own hypocrisy :rolleyes:

Plus then they'll only have themselves to complain to.
Nooo! I enjoy the hypocrisy too much of them using their iPhone X to post on forums about how loathsome Samsung are and how they will never buy anything from them. Don't take that away from me please!
 
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dampfnudel

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It looks like we’re going back to the Sammy vs. LG display lottery/debate and at the moment some people here are already crossing their fingers for a Sammy display.
 
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It looks like we’re going back to the Sammy vs. LG display lottery/debate and at the moment some people here are already crossing their fingers for a Sammy display.
There would be no such debate for at least another 3-4 years. Apple needs to stop pretending that LG is almost catching up to Samsung on mobile OLED.
 
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