End of an era: Samsung Display will stop making LCD panels this year

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Apple and others are getting out of the LCD game.
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Samsung Display, which supplies screens for iPhones, has said that it will end all production of LCD panels in South Korea and China by the end of 2020. A spokesperson for the company made the announcement Tuesday.

“We will supply LCD orders to our customers by end of this year without any issues”, the company said in a statement. However, from the end of 2020 it will make no more LCD screens as suppliers, Apple included, move to embrace OLED and other next-gen display types.

Late 2020 iPad Pro could be the first with a next-gen Mini LED display

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Apple has big plans for iPad Pro in 2020.
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An upcoming iPad Pro refresh could be the first to introduce a next-generation Mini LED display, a new report reveals.

Innolux is said to be joining Apple’s supply chain this year specifically to supply new iPad Pro panels. Jingdian, another Mini LED supplier, is expected to be the primary supplier and may have already started shipping orders.

iPhone 12 Pro with faster 5G may not arrive until 2021, analysts warn

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An iPhone with mmWave 5G could be more than a year away.
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Apple is expected to introduce its first iPhones with 5G later this year. But if you want an iPhone 12 Pro with the fastest possible 5G speeds, you could be waiting until 2021.

A new report claims that mmWave 5G, which is up to ten times faster than LTE, probably won’t make its way to iPhone this year. That means a successor to iPhone 11 with an LCD screen could be the only model available this fall.

2020 iPad Pro could pack brand-new display technology

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Mini-LED screens could make iPad Pro even greater.
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You might want to think twice about upgrading your iPad Pro this year. A new report claims Apple could deliver a more significant refresh with brand-new display technology as early as 2020.

The same technology, which is expected to use approximately 10,000 tiny LEDs, could also appear in a new MacBook around the same time, according to one reliable analyst.

Struggling iPhone display-maker suffers another big blow

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Apple won't give up on JDI.
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An effort to save struggling LCD manufacturer Japan Display (JDI) has reportedly been scrapped.

The firm leading the bailout with a ¥63 billion ($557 million) investment this week pulled out of a potential deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

The future of JDI now looks uncertain — but strong demand for iPhone 11 is helping its bottom line.

2020 iPhone could get blazing-fast display upgrade

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The first iPhone with ProMotion?
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The 2020 iPhone lineup could bring a huge display upgrade that will put it on par with iPad Pro in terms of refresh rate.

One leaker says Apple is “considering” 120Hz panels for next year’s handsets. It would be the first time its ProMotion technology has graced an OLED screen since its debut in 2017.

Struggling Apple display maker loses key investors

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Japan Display makes LCD displays for the iPhone XR.
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Struggling Apple display maker Japan Display has received some bad news. TPK Holdings, a panel maker that also works with Apple, revealed that it won’t invest a proposed $230 million after all.

Japan Display has been on the search for companies willing to throw it a lifeline. TPK was part of a hoped-for $723 million bailout.