Samsung gears up to supply OLED displays for Apple iPhones
Apple is claimed to be going to use the curved OLED panel supply for future iPhones as the company intends to move away from LTPS TFT LCD to OLED technology.
Samsung Display is predicted to expand production by 30 000-45 000 substrates in 2016 followed by 45 000 substrates in 2017, with total investment split between the two years.
Production and testing equipment will come mainly from AP Systems in addition to HB Technology, the report said.
Samsung Display is also forecast to invest $823 million in additional OLED manufacturing equipment to meet demand from Chinese vendors in addition to Galaxy smartphones from Samsung Electronics.
The East Asian rumour mill has been in full force in the past week with Taiwanese media claiming that AU Optronics will be transformed by Apple’s plans into an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen supplier for production of future iPhones.
AU Optronics began shipping AMOLED panels to Huawei and other Chinese manufacturers in 2015. Apple currently uses LCD panels for iPhones, sourced primarily from Sharp and Japan Display.
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