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Apple to Pay 150% More for OLED iPhone 3D Touch Components? [Report]

Apple to Pay 150% More for OLED iPhone 3D Touch Components? [Report]

Posted May 19, 2017 at 3:49pm by iClarified
Apple has accepted a quote from TPK Holdings to manufacturer the 3D Touch solution for its upcoming OLED iPhone. The quote is allegedly $18-22 USD, 150% higher than the cost of manufacturing the 3D Touch solution for current generation devices, reports the Economic Daily News via DigiTimes.

For 3D Touch solution used in existing iPhone series, TPK and fellow maker General Interface Solution (GIS) quote US$7-9 per smartphone. The solution directly bonds 3D Touch sensors on LTPS TFT-LCD display panels of the iPhone, but 3D Touch solution for OLED panels entails bonding of a glass cover on the front and back side of an OLED panel each to reinforce the fragile OLED panel.

According to the report, the overall increased processing cost is 50% higher for OLEDs than LEDs; however, the quote is 150% higher. Thus, TPK and GIS are expected to significantly benefit from Apple's orders. TPK has already passed certification.


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D4xM4Nx
D4xM4Nx - May 20, 2017 at 10:02am
Undoubtedly Apple will develop its own technology to drop these guys since the increase in cost is not necessarily for real expenses but rather pull Apple's leg. If the price goes higher than past years, I'm still gonna get the new iPhone BUT waiting a few months for potential issues.
odedoo1
odedoo1 - May 19, 2017 at 8:03pm
256GB will be at least $1,100 yes we are fd and everyone will pay just like it was a shock that the Google Pixel was so expensive for an Android but people are paying.
matrixmaniac
matrixmaniac - May 21, 2017 at 3:13am
I stopped paying. not updated my iPhone or iPads since iPhone 6 except I "stepped back" from 6 to "5 SE" (iPhone 5 has got the best design so far in my opinion, has a headphone jack still and I actually like the small size)...
Jim Coleman
Jim Coleman - May 19, 2017 at 7:36pm
Apple will cut costs in other areas. They have always offered the next generation devices at the same price.
John Stuntin
John Stuntin - May 20, 2017 at 12:26pm
Except the iPhone 7 Plus started at $20 more than the 6s Plus did.
Trollspray
Trollspray - May 19, 2017 at 7:09pm
I've been with apple since the beginning, but If the iphone gets to be above $1000 for the basic model, i will finally have the excuse to jump ship.
@Comment
@Comment - May 19, 2017 at 5:02pm
If this is true, am sure Apple will pass the Buck to customers .
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