Apple may be about to broker a deal with Samsung, which would see the South Korean tech giant exclusively supply Apple with OLED panels.
According to a new report, Samsung is currently expanding its OLED production capacity on the basis that a deal with Apple is “on the fast track.” A source claims that negotiations are progressing rapidly, and that Samsung may end up building a dedicated OLED facility with the sole purpose of supplying to Cupertino.
Interestingly, the report also suggests that Samsung’s embracing of OLED technology is coinciding with its rumored decision to sell its entire Gen.5 LCD manufacturing facilities in Cheonan, although it has yet to decide on who the buyer would be.
While an increasing number of smartphone makers are opting for OLED technology, Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo recently claimed that Apple isn’t likely to adopt the technology just yet for the iPhone — despite the Apple Watch boasting an AMOLED display. In fact, Kuo went so far as to claim that the iPhone will continue to use TFT-LCD display technology for at least the next three years.
Samsung already uses OLED displays in its flagship smartphones.