Report: Apple Planning to Manufacture It’s own OLED Displays
Apple is trying to cut down on its dependence on lone suppliers of critical iPhone components, especially in the case of its reliance on Samsung for OLED displays. According to a new Digitimes report, Apple is rumored to be building a new facility to better control the production of OLED screens expected to be used in the iPhone 8 and beyond.
Samsung is slated to supply OLED panels for Apple’s anniversary iPhone which will be launched in October. There are also reports that the collaboration between the two could continue for the next generation models which are scheduled for 2018.
However in the meantime, Cupertino is looking to cut short its reliance on Samsung OLEDs and is therefore taking several steps to prepare a mass transition to OLED displays for the entire iPhone lineup next year, all without any, or at least with minimalist involvement from the South Korean firm.
Digitimes reports that Apple has already bought some chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines, which are used to build OLED panels. The machines will reportedly be used to set up a new research and development facility in Taiwan, where the company can begin working on its own line of screens.
The upcoming iPhone’s are reported to have an OLED Display and we’ve known for quite some time now that Apple has sourced the manufacturing of the component to Samsung a few months ago.