Apple is partnering with LG for a foldable iPhone

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

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.

The Bell says that LGD has set up a task force to develop the foldable screen, while its component-making sister company LG Innotek has started a team to develop the "rigid flexible (yeah, we know...) printed circuit board", or RFPCB.

Apple is reportedly working with LG Display, a display solutions arm of LG, on a foldable iPhone.

LG is said to be working on a new production plant in Paju, South Korea, dubbed E6. Apple is rumoured to be considering investing in this plant, but a deal hasn't been finalised. The report claims Apple isn't planning to put a bending handset into production until 2020.

A wave of unsatisfied customers complaints has hit Apple not long before the release of iPhone X. Apple customers are complaining about the battery life mainly but also reports have appeared online of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices bursting open due to faulty batteries. The company is now supplying its first batch of its foldable panels to few Chinese handset makers as well as to its parent company. The factory will help LG miniaturize the bendable screen technology it has developed for televisions and digital billboards in recent years.

Associated press reported earlier this month that, Koh Dong-jin president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics seemingly confirmed that a foldable smartphone is coming 2018.

According to The Korea Herald, Apple usually starts working on a new phone one year before its launch, and suppliers start receiving the device's key features and details about its panel during that year. Twenty-one percent of US survey respondents and 29% of USA iPhone owners plan to purchase an Apple Watch in the next year. On the other hand, Samsung is already ahead in the foldable phone race.

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