Samsung will play an even bigger part in building Apple’s next-generation iPhone, with new reports claiming the South Korean company will manufacture the vast majority of its OLED displays.
Despite being one of Apple’s biggest rivals, and offering a range of Android-powered devices that compete with the iPhone, Samsung supplies a number of components that make the iPhone what it is — including its A-series processors and RAM.
And now Samsung is said to be investing $7.47 billion to increase its OLED display production so that it can build display panels for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, too. The investment should allow Samsung to churn out between 30,000 and 45,000 OLED displays a month, sources say.
Apple has never used OLED displays in mobile devices before. Apple Watch has one, but its iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have always employed LCD panels. However, OLED displays are now considered to be better than LCD in a number of ways, including power efficiency.
It’s no surprise to hear Apple could adopt them, then, but until this move is confirmed, we recommend taking it with a pinch of salt. We expect Apple to make the iPhone 7 official in around September.