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Apple Watch Ultra may get bigger, pricier microLED display in 2026


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Think Apple Watch Ultra 2 has a big screen? Well, it's probably going to get significantly larger.
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Apple Watch Ultra 2’s generously large display, expected to switch from OLED to microLED, will come out later than previously estimated, grow by 10% in size and cost more, according to a research company.

Other recent estimates pushed back the launch time frame to 2025, but now it may actually be 2026.

LG shifts display production to prepare for new OLED iPad


Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro, iPad Air
But when will we actually see an OLED iPad?
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LG Display is reportedly making changes to its production plans so it can double its OLED screen output in preparation for a new iPad, according to a new report.

Sources say the South Korean company is shifting equipment to its Paju plant to ensure more efficient production of high-resolution panels that meet Apple’s strict quality standards for iPad.

LG prepares for iPad Pro’s shift to OLED displays in 2023


2021 iPad Pro has an amazing mini-LED display
Is mini-LED just a stopgap?
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LG Display has “begun the development” of 12.9-inch OLED displays for iPad Pro, according to a new report. Production is expected to begin soon before Apple makes the transition away from mini-LED screens in 2023 or 2024.

LG is said to be pushing “two stack tandem technology,” which employs two red, green and blue emission layers. This could allow iPad Pro’s display to be twice as bright as traditional OLED panels, and much longer lasting.

LG could be helping Apple make a foldable iPhone a reality


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Apple has been investigating folding phones for a while.
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LG Display is reportedly working on a foldable panel for a future iPhone, Digitimes reports.

The report, which cites industry sources, says that the company is working on a prototype with Apple. However, it is not clear whether LG would be mass-manufacturing the screens for Apple were such a product to come to market.

iMac Pro-based setup handles whatever this animator throws at it [Setups]


Curtis Sponsler's iMac Pro-based setup requires both processing power and huge storage capacity.
Curtis Sponsler's iMac Pro-based setup requires both processing power and huge storage capacity for animation..
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Miami-based Curtis Sponsler has been a 3D animator and motion graphics designer for more than 30 years. These days, that work takes copious amounts of computing power and massive storage capacity.

Fortunately, his current iMac Pro-based setup handles his needs well.

The man even built his own render farm in a closet with dedicated air conditioning to store and cool his video-rendering machines.

iPhone 12 display-maker reports its highest earnings in years


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LG Display reported its highest quarterly profit in more than three years.
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Ahead of Apple’s Wednesday Q1 2021 earnings call, iPhone screen-maker manufacturer LG Display has posted its latest earnings — and they’re good. Very good, in fact.

According to Reuters, the South Korean company reported its highest quarterly profit in more than three years. The success of the iPhone 12 is said to be one of the big reasons.

LG reportedly gives up on iPhone display manufacturing


LG lost out on orders for the newest iPhone SE.
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LG is reportedly ending its production of LCD displays for iPhone after posting losses of $4.5 billion over the last five years. The South Korean company is also said to be considering leaving the smartphone market.

The news comes as LG continues to suffer steep declines in smartphone shipments, with its devices now accounting for just 2% of the worldwide smartphone market, according to the latest estimates.

iPad demand surges due to teleworking and online learning


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Students attending classes at home brought an increase in iPad demand.
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Apple reportedly placed multiple rush orders for iPad screens with LG Display. The tablet saw increased demand in Asia this quarter, with COVID-19 forcing so many people to attend classes and work from home.

Apple suppliers in China eye February 10 restart after coronavirus shutdown


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But there's a definite chance of further delays.
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Apple’s manufacturing partners in China hope to jump back into action next week, after the coronavirus epidemic forced temporary shutdowns in the country, according to a new report.

Foxconn, LG Display and others “plan to resume full-scale production” on February 10. But with the viral outbreak only worsening as the weeks go on, there’s a definite chance of further delays.

Apple tests out new OLED suppliers for future iPhone refresh


iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
BOE Technology could join Apple's supply chain next year.
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Apple is said to be “aggressively testing” OLED screens from other suppliers ahead of a 2020 iPhone refresh.

Cupertino reportedly wants to diversify its supply chain next year. It currently relies heavily on Samsung for OLED panels, with LG Display making only small contributions for the iPhone XS lineup.

Apple could adopt mini LED backlighting for a giant iMac


It's about time the iMac was redesigned.
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Apple is expected to adopt mini LED backlighting technology this year to further improve color gamut, contrast ratio, and high dynamic range in its displays.

A brand new 31.6-inch iMac will be the first machine to offer the new display technology, sources claim. It will then make its way to the iPad and other Apple computers in 2020.

Apple secures new supplier for Apple Watch Series 5 screens


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Apple Watch could be better than ever next year.
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Japan Display will supply OLED screens for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 5, according to a new report.

This will be the Japan Display’s first foray into OLED screens. The deal is said to be a “breakthrough” for the company, which has been suffering as a result of Apple’s move from LCD to OLED displays for the iPhone.

You’ll have to wait until 2020 before iPhones go all-in on OLED


The iPhone XS Max screen delivers more of that OLED awesomeness.
Currently, two out of three of Apple's new iPhones are OLED.
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Apple likely will keep an iPhone with an LCD screen hanging around for one more year.

According to a new report, this year’s iPhone refresh will keep the same approximate model breakdown as last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max. That means 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones, with a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD handset in the middle.

Inexpensive LCDs could stay in Apple’s iPhone lineup until 2020


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The 6.1-inch iPhone anticipated for this fall apparently won't be Apple's last with an LCD screen.
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LG has reportedly been contracted to create LCD panels for an iPhone model that will be released next year. If true, it means that Apple is definitely planning a phone with a traditional LCD in 2019, and isn’t going to all OLED screens. At least not yet

An earlier unconfirmed report indicated that this fall’s LCD iPhone will be the company’s last. That’s perhaps not surprising. given that OLED displays are superior in several ways

Samsung develops a new ‘unbreakable’ OLED display


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Samsung is no longer Apple's only OLED maker.
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Samsung says it has developed a new “unbreakable” OLED display, which could be used for everything from smartphones to “military devices” (so you know it’s tough!). The rugged plastic panel can withstand repeated drops and extreme temperatures, the company says.

Having previously been the exclusive OLED panel provider for the iPhone X, Samsung now faces increasing competition from other companies that want a piece of the Apple pie. But the South Korean tech giant is fighting back!

Apple display maker slashes its budget after second quarterly loss


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LG Display is one of Apple's main display makers.
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Apple display maker LG Display supposedly faces an “uncertain outlook” after posting its second quarterly loss, based on falling prices for its services.

As a result of the disappointing earnings, LG has cut investment plans by $2.7 billion for the period through 2020. In an earnings call, LG’s CFO Don Kim blamed “uncertainty around the mobile market” for the firm’s decision.

Apple orders future iPhone displays from LG


6.5- and 6.1-inch 2018 iPhone models
Complications could keep us waiting for Apple’s more affordable iPhone.
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Apple has ordered more than 24 million iPhone displays from LG as it prepares to start manufacturing its next-generation devices.

The South Korean company is expected to supply around 20 million LCD panels for the all-new 6.1-inch iPhone, plus 4 million OLED panels for a flagship model.

LG is also said to become the primary supplier of OLED displays for next year’s devices.

Samsung no longer Apple’s only OLED supplier for iPhones


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Apple is no longer just leaning on Samsung for OLED screens.
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Apple is reportedly set to add another OLED display producer for the iPhone, helping Apple reduce its reliance on current OLED manufacturer Samsung.

For extra displays, Apple will turn to South Korean company LG Display, which will initially supply between 2-4 million screens. While this is a small number by Apple’s standards, it will work to ramp up its capacity to produce more in the future.

Apple could put OLED displays in all 2019 iPhones


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Ready to ditch your iPhone X already? There's still time to get a great price!
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All iPhone models launching in 2019 will get an OLED display, according to a new report.

Apple is expected to finally ditch LCD displays entirely, however, one of three new handsets expected to arrive this September — the most affordable model — could have an improved LCD panel.

LG losing its fight to become iPhone screen supplier


iPhone X
Ready to ditch your iPhone X already? There's still time to get a great price!
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Apple is having a tough time trying to diversify iPhone screen suppliers and break away from Samsung.

LG Display was lined up to become a second supplier of OLED displays for this year’s iPhone lineup, but after running into manufacturing troubles, it may not be able to meet Apple’s demands.

Leaked images offer first glimpse at apparent iPhone X Plus display


iPhone X Plus display leak
iPhone X Plus could pack a larger 6.5-inch OLED display.
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Leaked photos of an apparent iPhone X Plus display have been published on a Chinese forum.

The device is expected to get its official unveiling this fall alongside a refreshed iPhone X and a more affordable handset with an edge-to-edge LCD display. The leaked displays are said to be from a “production equipment trial run” by LG Display.

Apple invests in maker of AR headset displays


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Apple wants to make smart glasses that don't look dorky.
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Apple is gearing up to make a big play in the world of augmented reality glasses with its newest investment.

The iPhone-maker has reportedly made a big investment into AR display component maker EMagin Corp, giving Apple a key partner in its quest to build an AR headset that looks good.