Samsung will have to share orders for the iPhone this year as LG has jumped into the fray with displays of its own. Apple has apparently signed a contract with the latter under which it’ll supply both LCD and OLED panels for the 2018 iPhones.
We’ve heard plenty of rumors about this collaboration in the past, but it seems like it’s a done deal now. Korean publication Newspim reports that LG is going to ship 3 – 4 million OLED screens and 20 million LCD screens to Apple.
If it continues improving its yield rate, LG may secure a majority of 6.5-inch OLED display orders from Apple in 2019. If this comes to pass, it might increase its OLED shipments to 10 million units per year. This comes at a crucial time for the South Korean brand, as it’s facing millions of dollars in losses right now.
Samsung has been the only supplier of the iPhone X’s OLED screen so far. Apple naturally hasn’t been happy about this monopoly since it can’t negotiate a better price for the panel. Plus, it’s well known that the two have a contentious relationship thanks to court cases and a years-long rivalry.
With LG in the picture, Apple may be able to ask for a cheaper rate for the OLED panel. This, in turn, could help lower the cost of the iPhone X (2018) and iPhone X Plus. That’s been reported before actually, with some saying the first will start at $899 ($100 less expensive) and the second at $999.
The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could go even lower at $699. LG already makes LCD displays for previous-gen iPhones, so making the screens for the new one isn’t an issue. The OLED display is a whole different ball game though, since it doesn’t have as much experience producing OLED displays for mobiles, hence the rumors about a difficult production process.