Samsung makes big OLED push ahead of iPhone 8


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Samsung doesn't want to miss out on iPhone 8 orders.
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Samsung Display is investing heavily in OLED displays in anticipation for the iPhone 8 in 2017, according to a new report. The South Korean company believes that other smartphone makers will also follow suit, and it’s fighting for a piece of that pie!

Apple is close to signing deal for OLED iPhone displays


OLED displays are on their way.
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The arrival of OLED displays for future iPhones is looking more of a sure thing than ever, with a new report stating that Apple is on the verge of finalizing an agreement with Samsung Display and LG Display to build its future screens.

According to sources, Samsung will produce around 90,000 OLED substrates per month for Apple, while LG will produce 60,000.

Total number of smartphone displays that should generate? The report doesn’t make it explicitly clear, but it is likely to be in the region of 400 million displays per year.

Apple will continue its reliance on Samsung for OLED iPhone displays


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Apple is turning to its long-time frenemy for OLED displays.
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People who are hoping Apple will one day sever ties with Samsung as a supplier are likely to be sorely disappointed, as a new report states that Apple will be relying on OLED displays from Samsung Display when it makes the switch to OLED screens for future iPhones.

Wearable with flexible display set to blow your mind next year



A new wearable is set to make devices like the Apple Watch and the LG Urbane look like old-fashioned junk.

Wove might cause a twinge of nostalgia among children of the ’90s who grew up with slap bracelets on everyone’s wrists, but it’s way more impressive than those (which, let’s face it, most things are). It’s a wonder of technology that wraps a full-featured, customizable, multi-touch screen completely around your arm on a flexible display.

Android Authority got its first look at the upcoming gizmo, and you can see it in action in their video below.

MIT: Apple is smarter than Snapchat, dumber than Google


Tim Cook's commencement address demonstrated again how deeply he understands Apple culture.
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Tesla Motors is the smartest company in the world, according to MIT Tech Review’s latest survey of the brainiest corporations. Apple, which was not on last year’s list returns at number 16, beating out other firms like ride-sharing company Uber and smartbulb-maker Philips. MIT cites the newly released Apple Watch and touchless payment method Apple Pay as its reasons for inclusion, saying that these two products “set the pace for competitors.”

You can see the full list of smartiespants in the table below.

Apple plans more power-efficient displays for next tablets, including iPad Pro


The iPad Pro could delay the iPad Air, cancel the iPad mini.
Is this another clue we're about to get a larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro? Photo: CURVED

Apple will apparently utilize oxide TFT displays for its next-generation iPad models, allowing the tablets to consume drastically less power.

In order to gain a bigger piece of the pie, manufacturer LG Display (aka the world’s largest LCD panel maker) is reportedly investing in the necessary P8-P9 production-line technology in its plants in Paju, South Korea, according to new reports coming out of Asia.

Supply Chain Sources Confirm New iPad Mini Will Be In Short Supply At Launch



We’ve already heard that the new iPad mini may be in short supply at launch due to low yield rates of its Retina display, and that has now been confirmed by supply chain sources in Taiwan. Sharp and LG Display simply cannot produce the panels fast enough, according to reports, and so Apple may not have enough units to meet the initial demand later this month.

Apple Becoming More Reliant On Samsung For iPad Displays



Apple has been trying to be less dependent on Samsung components for years now, but ditching its rival has been a lot more difficult than imagined, mostly because there’s not a single company that can churn out displays and RAM like Samsung.

A new report from NPD DisplaySearch claims that Apple’s dependency on Samsung displays has only deepened recently, thanks to shortcomings by LG Display and other manufacturers as the iPad mini 2 launch looms ahead.

WSJ: Apple’s Next iPad Mini Will ‘Likely’ Have A Retina Display



Will it or won’t it have a Retina display?

That’s the big question everyone is asking about the second-generation iPad mini, and we’ve been seeing conflicting reports about it for several months. But according to sources “familiar with the matter,” who have been speaking to The Wall Street Journal, it’s “likely” the answer to that question is yes.

Next iPad Will Feature New Touch Technology To Help Make It Thinner & Lighter [Rumor]



Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will feature a new touchscreen technology that will help it become thinner and lighter, according to industry sources. The device is expected to adopt a new form factor much like the iPad mini’s, with thinner bezels and a smaller frame — and Apple will have to make a number of changes to its internals to enable that.