All eyes await the anniversary edition iPhone 8 which is said to be the most advanced and also the most expensive iPhone ever made by Apple. However, one of the key elements, the OLED panel, is said to be the trickiest part for the company to scale up. Apple has a multi-vendor approach when it comes to its smartphone components and if latest reports are to be believed, LG will join Samsung to supply the OLED displays for Apple’s upcoming smartphones in 2018. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said the OLED panel, “has been the single most troublesome component for Apple.” Given Samsung’s upper hand in expertise in screen technology, Apple has reportedly lost some of its bargaining power. Hence, it is believed that Apple is “committed to having LG Display geared up for its OLED iPhone display business in 2018.” Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
What also works in favor of LG is that it can offer improved collaboration with other industry suppliers, thereby helping boost the shipment yield rate, 9to5 Mac reports. Currently, Samsung is said to be the sole supplied or OLED panel for Apple iPhones. However, LG could leverage the opportunity by collaborating with specialized back-end process provider which will help it boost the iPhone OLED panel output rate. As Kuo suggests, LG can team up with GIS for improved lamination experience with MegaSite and integration with Foxconn manufacturing facilities. ALSO READ: Apple to bring AR features to FaceTime in iPhone 8: Report
The latest development comes on the heels of LG’s way towards becoming the sole supplier of batteries for the future iPhone. A July report revealed that LG has stepped up its investments in its battery manufacturing unit to match up to Apple s demands for future iPhone. According to the report, the company’s progress in developing L-shaped batteries is likely to have convinced Apple in considering it as the supplier.
The L-shaped batteries are said to enable manufacturers to put more power into a device without thickening it up. Furthermore, such a battery design also allows for faster charging. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 final design leaked
As for the OLED panels, Kuo does not indicate if the LG-made panels will show up on the upcoming iPhone 8. However, the anniversary-edition smartphone is rumored to boast OLED display as its key highlight and there might be a possibility of Apple’s expansion to LG for additional display supply to match up to the demand.