Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Apple to partner with LG for foldable iPhone

True Depth camera and Face ID are the latest features from Apple that have been incorporated on the upcoming iPhone X. Top Apple analyst now believe that these features will soon hit the next version of iPad Pro.

Apple and LG Display are in discussions to make a foldable OLED screen for the iPhone, reported CNET.

Amid Samsung's near monopoly in mobile OLED production, Apple has been strengthening its partnership with LG Display, its long-time LCD partner. That, and the fact that Apple probably won't want to launch one until the tech has been perfected. Apple accounts for about 1.3% of Moon Capital Management LLC's investment portfolio, making the stock its 21st biggest holding. The report claims that Apple has partnered with LG for this project in order to keep its future technology breakthroughs secret from chief rival Samsung. LG, back in 2016, had showcased a roll-up OLED display.

The Bell cited people familiar with the developments and explained that production on the panels could begin in 2020. Samsung's monopoly in producing iPhone parts has likely prompted Apple to explore possible cooperation with other suppliers like Sharp and Japan Display. According to Korean-sourced report, se new screens will be collapsible. On the other hand, Samsung is already ahead in the foldable phone race.

Firstly, this is the first time we're hearing about Apple planning for a product a few years in advance. Since the first prototype was created, the display maker has reportedly been improving its yield rate and the durability of the panels. An alleged partnership with LG is noteworthy given that Samsung is now the world's premier OLED maker. 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. In July, it was said that Apple is ready to infuse LG with $2.6 billion for a new OLED plant.

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