According to the source, Apple will increase the production of iPhone smartphones with OLED displays in 2021. It is expected that 160-180 million devices will be shipped in just a year ( according to other estimates, more than 200 million). To provide the required number of OLED panels, Apple will increase its purchase from Samsung Display.
Samsung Display will remain the main supplier of iPhone OLED panels in 2021
Apple is known to have used OLED panels in all of its iPhone 12 lineup, which is expected to ship around 100 million units this year. According to preliminary data, Apple will use OLED panels in all models of the iPhone 13 line.
Samsung Display hopes to equip around 140 million iPhones with OLED panels next year, the source said. Another 30 million OLED panels for the iPhone will be supplied by LG Display, and the remaining 10 million will be supplied by BOE. In other words, Samsung Display will remain the main supplier of OLED panels for Apple iPhones in 2021.
It is noteworthy that LG Display aims to supply Apple with 40 million panels; and BOE plans to supply Apple with 20 million panels. However, it is not yet known whether the Chinese display manufacturer will be able to join Apple’s supply chain, since its attempts have already failed twice – BOE products did not meet Apple’s requirements. A new application will be submitted in the first half of 2021.
The panels that Apple will receive next year are said to be different from those the company is purchasing now. Two of the four models to be released next year will receive LPTO TFT panels. This technology supports 120Hz refresh rates.
Apple will use Samsung’s periscope camera in the iPhone 13
Just weeks after the release of the iPhone 12, reports of Apple‘s next-generation smartphones began to surface one after another. According to DigiTimes, Apple wants to partner with South Korean companies on periscope cameras as it tries to improve the optical zoom performance of the iPhone 13.
The source claims that South Korean giant Samsung should become Apple’s key partner. The company has previously used periscope cameras in its flagship smartphones; for example, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has implemented a 100x zoom; which in fact, not actually in use. There are already quite a few phones on the market with similar cameras; including Huawei P40 Pro, Vivo X50 Pro+, OPPO Find X2 Pro, Huawei Mate40 Pro, and so on.
Earlier it became known that the South Korean giant acquired the company Corephotonics; which has developed a scaling technology for smartphones. Prior to that, an Israeli company had sued Samsung and Apple for patent infringement on telephoto zoom technology. Now the company belongs to Samsung, so the patents belong to it. Experts believe that now Apple will have to cooperate with Samsung.
However, so far there are no reports that Apple and Samsung have signed an agreement to supply the appropriate components for the iPhone 13.