Going be a recent report by The Investor citing industry sources, Apple is likely prepping a foldable iPhone in collaboration with LG Display. Samsung could be the first one to come with a foldable screen as soon as next year. The iPhone manufacturers partnered with their top competitor, as Samsung is the only company that can supply Apple with the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens needed for their brand new, bezel-less iPhone X.
Whatsmore, the sister company LG Innotek is working to create a rigid flexible circuit board for the future smartphone, the report says.
Some media reports claim that Apple is moving away from Samsung due to the concern of possible leaks from the display wing of Samsung on future plans about iPhones. Apple may have made this deal to change smartphone's understanding again.
Sources say that panel production could start in 2020, meaning any sort of foldable iPhone could be launched the same year. To be more precise, Apple has agreed to work with LG Display, an arm of LG, on bendable OLED screens. Google is doing the same thing, having reportedly invested hundreds of millions of cash in LG as well.
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Apple is partnering with LG for a foldable iPhone
Some sources claim that Apple may invest in LG's new plant to beef up OLED panel production though details are yet to be finalised.
Apple may be now buying OLED panels from Samsung, but it seems reluctant to continue the trade.
Apple and Samsung are both making money off the iPhone X. It might seem absurd, but it is true.
While I'd love nothing more than to see something different from Apple like this folding smartphone, I think we should be a little cautious about getting to ahead of the game with this rumor. "The first batch of the production will be shipped to LG Electronics and some Chinese handset makers, while the production for iPhone is expected to start from as early as 2019 when its new plant, called E6, is completed in Paju, Gyeonggi Province".
Firstly, this is the first time we're hearing about Apple planning for a product a few years in advance.