One of the largest tech companies in the world is trying to become even more independent than before by cutting their supplier of OLED displays – Samsung.
For the purpose, Apple is building a whole new facility to control the production of these fascinating screens. The OLED displays are expected to debut in the iPhone 8 and other models in the future.
Until now, the company’s biggest rival Samsung has been the exclusive supplier of the displays, but these rights aren’t expected to last for long.
According to a DigiTimes report, Apple has bought CVD (chemical vapor deposition) machines, which are necessary for the production of the panels. They will be used for research and development before Apple launches official production soon.
Those machines allow Apple to make the OLED displays unique by adding something different from the ones made by Samsung. That way, both companies won’t be using the same screens, which would serve as a valuable differentiator.
From what we know, only the deluxe version of the iPhone will feature the unique display, while the other models – iPhone 7s & 7s Plus, will stick to the well-known LCD screens.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the first time that the company has been linked with an OLED factory in Taiwan. According to the rumours in 2015, Apple had a team of 50 engineers working on the technology, but representatives of the company haven’t released an official statement. Moreover, the company has been linked with the OLED development of LG as they often try to diversify their supply chain.
One thing is for sure, OLED screens will be part of the future and the in particular extra tall ones. It is expected that the iPhone 8 will feature a new 18:9 aspect ratio on its display, similar to LG G6 & Galaxy S8.
Currently, the Cupertino-based company cannot implement the OLED displays on all of their models due to the increasing demand and the small number of suppliers. So far, they have to rely on LG and Samsung in particular if they want to offer devices with advanced mobile screens.