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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


Apple's folding patent
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..
Photo: Curtis Sponsler

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


iPhone 12 review
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.
Photo: Apple

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


iPad neck
Students attending classes at home brought an increase in iPad demand.
Photo: R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Creative Services

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


Terry Gou
But there's a definite chance of further delays.
Photo: Foxconn

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.
Photo: Apple

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.