Following the launch of iPhone X, which is being considered as a the start of new future phones, Apple is now working with LG Display (LGD) to make a foldable iPhone.
Reports have that LG Display has already been working on a foldable OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panels for the Cupertino giant, and we could see the first foldable iPhone before 2020.
The recently launched iPhone X represents a significant change in the design pattern that Apple had been following, which includes a front-facing sensors that could read your face to unlock the phone. And not to forget the new bezelless OLED screen and the removal of the home button.
Samsung has already been working on foldable OLED Screens and foldable phones, which might not be very far from reach of common man now.
The iPhone X is the first iPhone to use an OLED screen, but to pull this off Apple had to partner with its longtime rival, Samsung, the world’s premier OLED manufacturer. While the end result was the fancy new screen on the iPhone X, Samsung will likely make billions of dollars from the deal and could keep cashing in if the X is successful. Apple is also planning to reduce its dependency on its rival Samsung, by working with LG’s display branch.
Apple usually starts a new phone project a year before launch, sharing key features, including the panel, with suppliers. LG has also completed its own foldable OLED panels 2-3 years ago and has been busy in upgrading the durability and the yield rate since then.
A representative of the display industry said, “Although Samsung Display deliberately does not pass Apple information to Samsung Electronics, there is a possibility that information will be leaked during the development process.” If Samsung Electronics confirms Apple’s form factor strategy from time to time, “He said.
LG has recently started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.