LG could be a vital partner for Apple in 2018. The South Korean company has reportedly been tapped to develop an OLED panel for at least one iPhone model set to ship later this year. While Samsung will continue providing OLED panels for the rumored 5.8-inch and 6-inch models, LG would step forward for the 6.5-inch model.
Production on this custom OLED panel would begin in the second half of the year. Apple is said to be finalizing its deal with LG in the coming weeks.
The first shipments from LG would be around 15 million units, and that’s for the entire year. Samsung, meanwhile, is currently giving Apple more than 10 million units every month as iPhone X production ramps up. In 2019, LG would like to produce 6 million units per month. The same happened with the iPhone X where Apple couldn’t get enough units distributed worldwide to meet demand until a few months after the product’s release. Until all suppliers reach full capacity, LG would be limited to start.
LG will begin producing its OLED panel in the second quarter of the year.
Many don’t know this, but LG’s display-making division is quite experienced. The iPhone 8 already uses an LCD panel made by LG, and the company also created the OLED panel for Google’s Pixel 2. Unfortunately, the long list of since-debunked problems for the Pixel 2 XL hurt the division’s reputation among consumers.
There’s also a rumor going around that Apple will release a mid-range iPhone with an LCD display, likely made by LG as well. So, for all the problems that LG’s experienced in recent years, 2018 could usher in positive change.