Samsung will make 80 million OLED displays for iPhone 8 in 2017

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iPhone 8 could arrive on time after all.
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Samsung will manufacture 80 million AMOLED displays for the iPhone 8 during the second half of 2017, according to a new report.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that other manufacturers have also begun mass-producing components for the company’s next-generation handsets — though iPhone 8 may not hit peak production until mid-September.

Apple is expected to deliver three new iPhones this September. Alongside smaller updates to the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models, we are looking forward to an iPhone 8 with a dramatically improved design and new features to celebrate the smartphone’s tenth anniversary.

Countless reports have indicated the iPhone 8 will offer a larger 5.8-inch display, which will use OLED technology as opposed to LCD. Samsung Display will be tasked with manufacturing the vast majority of them, and it has now started mass-production.

It’s thought the South Korean company will deliver up to 80 million iPhone 8 displays during the second half of 2017 alone. Its remaining capacity will be used up by Samsung Electronics (the company’s own smartphones) and other handset vendors.

However, Samsung “is expected to keep some flexibility in case Apple places additional orders,” sources told Digitimes.

Apple is expected to ship 50-55 million iPhone 8 units during the second half of 2017. In comparison, researchers say it will ship just 25-30 million units of the 4.7- and 5.5-inch models combined. Shipments of existing devices are also expected to reach up to 30 million units.

Although iPhone 8 assembly isn’t expected to reach its peak until mid-September, recent reports have claimed Apple will not postpone the handset’s launch. It’s thought it will get its unveiling alongside the smaller models in early September, and go on sale at the same time.