LG to Supply Apple With Out-Foldable Displays?

LG to Supply Apple With Out-Foldable Displays?

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LG has partnered with Apple and Google to develop 'out-foldable' displays for smartphones, according to an ETNews report. The panels will allegedly begin mass production in 2018 and be supplied to Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

According to an industry on the 15th, LG Display is currently developing out-foldable panels for Smartphones. Unlike how Samsung Display is working with Samsung Electronics’ Wireless Business Department, LG Display is developing foldable devices with outside businesses such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

LG Display has already developed a prototype out-foldable panel and will likely be competing with Samsung for market share.

Problem lies on a technology to mass-produce flexible OLEDs. Because Samsung Display was the first business in the world to mass-produce flexible OLEDs and has many technologies and experiences regarding production, it is somewhat more advantageous for Samsung Display in mass-producing foldable panels as well. Because new problems can arise regarding processes when a business carries out mass-production, technologies and experiences in mass-production are directly connected to competitive edge of a panel manufacturer.

Apple is rumored to be releasing its first phone with a curved display next year. We've been hearing reports for some time that the 10th anniversary iPhone will be a major update. It will purportedly have a front glass cover and chassis, joined by a metal bezel and an edge-to-edge display that has no bezels on the top and bottom. Additionally, the front camera, Touch ID, speaker, and other sensors will apparently be embedded into the display. Another report claims that the device would be a clear piece of glass with a next-generation OLED screen. More recently, Apple is said to have be equipping the phone with wireless charging and a 3D camera.

More details in the full report linked below...

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LG to Supply Apple With Out-Foldable Displays?