It’s hardly speculation to suggest that, as soon as Apple is rumored to be entering a new area of production, every manufacturer with capacity wants to get in on the new opportunities.
The latest example of this is Japan Display, which is reportedly in the early stages of converting one of its factories in Ishikawa factory into an test production line to try and win iPhone orders when Apple switches to using OLED displays in the near future.
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 to Japan Display are Samsung and LG, which already operate two of the world’s largest OLED display manufacturing facilities. JDI therefore has some catching up to do, 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.
That it would invest in OLED development technology is also no surprise given how previous reports have commented on the damage that Apple switching to OLED displays for the iPhone would cause to JDI’s LCD business. Japan Display stock prices have plunged recently following reports of the OLED changeover.
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.