Apple Just Ordered 70 Million OLED Panels from Samsung
According to a new report, a supply chain source familiar with iPhone designs has claimed that Apple has ordered 70 Million displays for the next iPhone, with the extent of the order reaching 95 Million if the demand exceeds expectations of the company.
Despite tie-ups with LG in the past, Apple has chosen Samsung as the sole provider of the OLED screens which will most likely be Super AMOLED. Samsung may invest as much as 8 Billion dollars in the next few months to ramp up production of the the OLED displays, to fulfil the order from Apple in time. Increasing the capacity means, that Samsung will also be able to supply to other manufacturers who were at present unable to procure Super AMOLED screens due to limited production and availability.
Samsung Electronics declined to comment, saying it cannot reveal customers’ orders.
So far rumours have predicted three iPhones launching this year, with a 5.2 inch model which will sport the curved OLED panels from Samsung. The other iPhones with 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches as display sizes will be revisions to the existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus. The same source also reports that all three handsets will also sport wireless charging and come with waterproofing just like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.
The premium model of the iPhone will have a front which is similar to the Galaxy S8 and will not have a home button, this variant will also be priced upwards of US $ 1000 . The next generation iPhone could be the first device to put the fingerprint scanner behind the glass of the display.