Samsung Offers to Supply Foldable Displays to Apple and Google

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    In the wake of the launch of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has begun shopping around its foldable display technology to other companies. ETNews (Translate) reports that they have specifically provided samples to Apple and Google:
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    Samsung has historically been both supplier and competitor to Apple and other smartphone manufacturers and provides the OLED screens for Apple's top of the line iPhones. According to the report, Samsung doesn't intend to keep foldable technology to itself and is instead working to dominate as a supplier for the technology. Samsung is said to be able to produce about 2.4 million units a year at this time but is considering moving up to 10 million units a year depending on demand.

    Apple has been known to be working on foldable display technology for years with patents on the implementation of similar technology. While there are ongoing rumors that Apple has been testing such technologies in the lab, Apple has not been speculated to implement the technology until 2020 at the earliest.

    Article Link: Samsung Offers to Supply Foldable Displays to Apple and Google
     
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    Guess they don’t want average consumers purchasing their products anymore.

    Yeah a foldable iPhone at the courageous price of $2500. F-that.
     
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    This is good. When there’s healthy competition, everyone wins.
     
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    Why should Apple compete in this stupid segment?
     
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    Hardly. Makes sense as they supply the current OLED displays to Apple.
     
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    Or promoting healthy competition, they could have easily withheld the tech, which analysts worried would stifle Apple's foray into a foldable iPhone
     
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    How? Apple and other companies will be doing foldable screens, that’s the future.
     
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    Apple is not going to make a foldable phone in near future. If they do I will eat my shoes.
     
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    Apple have already finished building their foldable phone but marketing is stuck on a new name...is it an iPhone or iPad? How about iPhad?
     
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    Both of the $1800+ products I've seen with these seem to bend the display the wrong direction leading to a cumbersome experience. They should fold in the other direction.
     
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    Says who?
     
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    Because a phone that unfolds into a tablet is valuable to me. I know some people are dismissing it, but to me it’s innovative. Some things just need to be fine-tuned and improved.
     
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    Every iphone has had samsung parts inside.
     
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    They can't withhold something that Apple is not interested in at this time.
     
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    Apple watch please! Doesn't need to fold, but wrapping closely once on may open up design ops alot.
     
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    Sure.
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    You should go on android sites even there people are not that stupid turns out.
     
  19. Freida macrumors 68000

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    How is foldable a future? Its gimmick at best. It may and will be useful for other products but iPhone will not be one of them. Why you may ask? Because of the very nature of the item. Even when phones had full keyboard and were openable to get more stuff it wasn't widely spread because it just wasn't so useful.
    The samsung video shows exactly why this tech is not suitable for phones.
    Little example - he takes it out the pocket, unfolds it and uses two hands now kinda. Is there a latch that locks the new state of the device or will I be responsible to hold it straight? Also, if there is a latch or mechanism to hold it in place then that is another step to think about. The bigger screen is not worth it and its not practical. It will be niche market and not just for the price. Future will take us in a different direction but foldable phones won't be one of it.

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    thank u, next

    Apple should focus on its own microLED and not rely on other companies.
     
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    Why is this news? Samsung undoubtedly would love for everybody to buy anything they have in their parts bins.
     
  22. LordVic macrumors 603

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    if Apple isn't interested, at least remotely, why are they trying out patents with it?
    https://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/displays-flexible/

    its' amazing how virtually all your posts have such inaccuracies that are Easily refuted. its like you're not even trying.

    Now, wether they ever go forward is another take entirely. but clearly there's evidence apple has at least a passing interest in folding tech
     
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    Thats called winning by Samsung and leading the pack. Apple need to reclaw this crown. No mercy.
     
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    If anyone inetrested in the foldable mobiles, they probably have to run to Samsung to supply their displays...other players haven't gotten the yields better hence the costs are going to be higher. Only Samsung could get it for for the best rate.
     

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