We previously heard that Samsung would be a major supplier of OLED displays for the 2018 iPhone 9. Now it would appear that LG will also be a major supplier.
According to a recent report, from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, LG will become one of the main suppliers for the panels over the next few years. The company is also rumored to be working on their own OLED displays.
We think Apple is therefore committed to having LGD geared up for its OLED iPhone display business in 2018 as it seeks to reduce supply risks. Even though LGD may likely start off with minimal initial penetration in 2018 (we estimate no more than 4-6%), the effort, with the full commitment of both Apple and LGD, will help LGD mature during the process and steadily gain supply share from 2019 onward. This will in turn continuously boost Apple’s bargaining power on OLED prices.
Apple’s iPhone 8 this year will be their first handset with an OLED display, the company will also launch two other iPhones this year with LCD displays. The iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. 2018 will be the first year where Apple uses OLED displays for all of its iPhones.
As yet there are no details on what other specifications next years iPhone 9 will come with. All of the rumors have been about the iPhone 8 which will launch some time in September.
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