Apple has in fact chosen LG Display as the second supplier of OLED panels for iPhone displays, after a series of quality tests successful, a report said on Friday.
LG is preparing mass production through two of the lines at its E6 plant, which only recently emerged from the test itself, according to sources for Korea Herald . The publication did not say when the first deliveries could take place.
To date, Samsung was Apple's exclusive OLED supplier for iPhone, as no other company had the ability to support demand. Samsung uses OLED in their phones for years, especially in the Galaxy S and Note lines.
Multiple reports indicated that Apple was planning to take advantage of LG, which also makes OLED screens for Apple Watch. Apple has however stringent quality requirements for suppliers and LG has also had to develop its ability to become a realistic option for iPhone.
Samsung will likely remain a primary supplier for some time. A July report claimed that the initial order of LG would be 3 to 4 million panels, which, if true, will only support a small portion of the new iPhone that Apple should ship by the end of the year .
However, LG could help ease the supply chain constraints and keep iPhone prices under control. The 5.8-inch OLED panel on the iPhone X was supposed to cost about $ 110, resulting in the most expensive component of the device and contributing at a price of $ 999. The iPhone XS, now in preorder, It costs the same with a display of similar size, and for this the company has added the 6.5-inch XS Max, which starts at $ 1,099. Despite the use of a 6.1-inch screen, the LCD-based iPhone XR is $ 749.