Samsung will start OLED production for next-gen iPhones next month


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Apple will release two new OLED iPhones this year, along with an LCD model.
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Samsung is reportedly ramping up to start OLED panel production for the next-generation iPhone X and iPhone X Plus.

According to a new report, Samsung was hit hard by the downturn in iPhone X sales, which saw Apple slashing order numbers in half. As a result, OLED production was shut down for several months, only to be restarting in May. Capacity will double in June.

Samsung is reportedly building world’s biggest OLED plant to service Apple


Apple's gonna need a bigger boat. Or OLED factory, at least.
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Samsung won all the orders for the iPhone 8’s OLED displays, and according to a new report it now wants to make itself even more indispensable by building the world’s biggest OLED plant, so as to be able to churn out more displays than ever.

According to sources, Samsung Display’s new “A5” facility will give it the ability to produce up to 270,000 OLED panels per month. At present, Samsung is able to produce around 135,000 panels per month: a number it aimed to achieve only after Apple began expressing an interest in OLED displays.

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.

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 reaches deal with Samsung to buy OLED iPhone displays


Apple gets by with a little help from its frenemies.
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Samsung: you can’t live with ’em, you can’t make iPhones without ’em, a new report reveals.

Apple has reportedly brokered a deal with its long-time South Korean “frenemy” to provide OLED panels for a future iPhone, scheduled to ship in 2017.

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.

Apple’s super-size iPad Pro could be hard to find early on


The iPad Pro is on its way. Just not in the quantities you might expect.
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Tim Cook told us the iPad Pro was the “biggest news in iPad since the original iPad,” but you wouldn’t necessarily know that based on initial availability of the plus-size tablet.

Apple is reportedly experiencing panel shortages for the device, making it likely that iPad Pro shipments will come in at less than 3 million for the last three months of 2015.

Samsung Secures Sharp LCD Supply With $112 Million Investment



Sharp has this morning announced a ¥10.4 billion ($112 million) investment from Samsung that will provide the latter with a 3% stake in the company. It makes Samsung the biggest individual shareholder in the Japanese display maker, and secures its access to Sharp’s LCD panel supplies.

The investment comes at a time when Sharp has been struggling. The company received a $4.4 billion bailout from the banks in October 2012, and its iPad display orders from Apple were recently cut as consumer demand shifted to the smaller iPad mini, which Sharp is not involved with.