Rumor: LG will supply 6.5-inch OLED screen for next iPhone

According to sources from The Korea Herald, LG will deliver 6.5″ OLED screens to Apple for a new iPhone in the second half of this year. The delivery seems too small to be able to put an LG screen in all copies.

LG Display is due to start production of the 6.5″ OLED screen in the second quarter of this year at the E6 factory in Paju. The factory has two production lines and a monthly capacity of six million panels. be used next year, the current yields would still be low.

According to the Korean newspaper, the first delivery this year will be about 15 to 16 million screens. That’s a small supply and probably not enough to pack an LG display into all major models. Apple has shipped more than 200 million iPhones a year in recent years. A possible new 6.5 “model will probably sell more than the number of screens that LG can supply.

Sources from The Korea Herald say Samsung will continue to focus on making smaller, 5.8″ or 6″ OLED displays for iPhones. Samsung currently supplies the OLED panels for the iPhone X; Samsung can produce many more OLED screens; ten million a month.

In November, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple will introduce three iPhones in 2018, two of which will have an OLED screen. The 6.5″ OLED variant would have the same screen ratio and resolution as the iPhone X and is therefore a larger version. In addition, there will be a model with a 5.8″ or 6″ screen as a successor to the iPhone X. model is a cheaper version with a 6.1″ LCD.

LG has so far not supplied OLED panels to Apple for smartphones, although the screen of the Apple Watch does come from the LG Display factories. Samsung is probably currently the only supplier for the iPhone X. The LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL do contain LG OLED screens. Last year it was rumored that Apple would invest billions in LG’s OLED production.

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