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Samsung to supply flexible touch OLED displays to Apple for future iPhone

Samsung Display has reached an agreement with Apple, said industry sources.

  • Published: December 14, 2018 1:10 PM IST
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Samsung will reportedly supply flexible OLED displays to Apple for future iPhone models. According a report by Korean publication ET News, Samsung Display has reached an agreement with Apple to supply flexible OLED displays, which it may use for iPhones in future.

The report quoted industry sources saying (via SlashGear), “a senior Samsung Display representative visited Apple in March to propose the supply of touch-integrated OLED panels. […] Since then, contracts have been signed with positive responses.”

Reportedly, these flexible OLED panels by Samsung Display will be touch-integrated, which is unusual in case of Apple, because if the sources are right then it’ll be the first time for Apple to directly use touch-integrated displays by the manufacturer.

Samsung’s Touch technology for the OLED panels makes it for a thin paper-like display. The firm uses ‘Wi-Octa’ core tech for OLED touch in which no separate film-type touchscreen panel (TSP) is required. Not just this makes the display thinner and lighter, it even makes the whole thing cost effective. Also, it is claimed that Samsung has developed a new touch sensor pattern especially for Apple.

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These are noted as Samsung-style OLED displays which are called ‘Y-OCTA’ by the South Korean company. As per industry sources quoted by ET, Apple this time around has decided to apply touch-integrated flexible OLED panels to the new iPhone models, and has allotted Samsung Display for the development and manufacturing of these panels already. It is also noted that the development of such iPhone models should be in 2019.

  • Published Date: December 14, 2018 1:10 PM IST