Monday in CE: Apple Struggling to Find Alternative to Samsung for iPhone OLEDs
A Wall Street Journal report published on Friday hints that Apple, in its efforts to diversify the OLED display supply chain beyond just Samsung, is running into some troubles. As it seeks to reduce its dependence on rival Samsung to build organic light-emitting diode displays for future iPhone models, Apple turned to LG—a company with a strong track record of manufacturing OLED displays for the TV market. But, according to people familiar with the situation cited by the report, LG is struggling to make them.
The benefit of OLED displays over other display technology is the thinner and more flexible nature of those displays. That said, an OLED display is more expensive to manufacture than traditional LCD displays for smartphones. In the iPhone X, the OLED developed by Samsung cost $110, or roughly half of the $255.16 cost of production.
However, LG Display has been working to produce production of the OLED displays, but they’ve run into some undisclosed issues with production, which has caused them to fall behind the schedule that most suppliers follow before the start of mass production for iPhones—a process that usually gets underway around July, the report said.