Apple is really a smart company, as already it has given full order of A10 chipset manufacturing to TSMC, and in order to find a better partner and improved LCD display technology in the coming years it is adopting OLED panels for iPhone lineup in 2018.
You might know that, at the moment sharp and JDI are Apple’s largest LCD panel suppliers as OLED is being dominated by its rival Samsung, as it is suffering in its display technology Apple want to make sure that it adopt latest technology in its future iPhones as a decision it is making decision to switch from LCD to OLED as Samsung is already leading in terms of usage in its flagship models. Also, LG is another major OLED panels manufacturer that can also win a significant slice of Apple’s OLED orders.
As it turns out, however, JDI doesn’t seem to be ready to give up the fight just yet, and instead the Japanese manufacturer will apparently try to beat Samsung and LG at their own game, by getting ready to provide OLED panels for Apple in 2018.
Apple Switching from LED to OLED in 2018 ?
JDI is currently creating an OLED test line for early next year, with the plan to establish mass production facilities for Apple by 2018 — in time for the iPhone 8.
The big rivals and competitor to Japan Display are Samsung and LG, which already are two of the world’s largest OLED display manufacturing facilities. JDI therefore has to make some big steps to improvise the facility and its production facilities, although the fact that it currently enjoys some of Apple’s largest LCD panel orders means that it has more than proven its value to Cupertino.
Interestingly, today’s report definitely mentions 2018 as the year Apple could switch to OLED displays for the iPhone, contrasting with another recent report claiming the switch could take place with the iPhone 7s in 2017.