Apple still needs its biggest rival to make displays, especially now that another supplier is struggling to do its job.
The new iPhone models for release in 2018 should feature displays made by Samsung. Although the plan was for Apple to diversify its partners, the second supplier is facing major production issues. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, LG Display is reportedly finding it very difficult to make OLED panels for Apple. The woes are making Apple consider whether or not it needs to move on and find a new supplier.
Samsung created the display found on the iPhone X, and its edge-to-edge display has earned widespread praise. Apple, though, doesn’t wish to rely so heavily on the South Korean giant. Earlier this year, it was reported that LG was brought in to diversify in an effort to move away from Samsung for displays.
While two of the upcoming models will have custom displays based on OLED technology, there should be one with an LCD panel. There shouldn’t be any problems with that model considering LCD panels are easy to create and source.
The display-making division at LG was subject to severe criticism last year when the V30 and Pixel 2 XL were released. Some of it was overblown, but the displays definitely seemed inferior to what phones from Apple and Samsung have. LG might make gorgeous displays for premium televisions, but it’s shown doing so for mobile devices isn’t so easy.