iPhone screen supplier Japan Display seeking loans for shift to OLED

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LCD manufacturer Japan Display is struggling financially after orders have decreased, and is looking for a secured loan to migrate to new, power efficient, OLED panel production for potential future iPhone use and to preserve the company's future.




The request is seeking some resistance, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Executives from Japan Display's largest shareholder, the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, reportedly believe that the investment firm should not provide loans to a company after it has listed itself on the stock market.

Japan Display announced on August 5 that it was downgrading its estimates, and is expecting to report a net loss higher than it expected of $115 million, after a loss of $222.5 million in the previous quarter.

The company claimed that previous sales forecasts, already significantly less than the year-ago quarter, were too high by 10.8 percent. The drop in revenue gathered by sales was attributed to lower average selling prices in China, and a change in the mix of smartphones sold in other regions, such as the US.

Japan Display was formed in 2012 after the spinoff of the LCD businesses of Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba. The iPhone has historically accounted for 50 percent of Japan Display's sales.

The company is seeking to invest heavily in OLED display manufacture for the future, to combat Samsung dominance in the marketplace. OLED displays have a greater contrast ratio, and superior color display to LCD screens such as those currently produced by Japan Display. As a black pixel on an OLED display consumes no power, there are significant power efficiency improvements over LCD screens. Without a required backlight layer, the screens can also be thinner than LED counterparts, on top of other advantages.

Analysts suggest that Apple's future use of OLED technology will drive the technology's adoption forward in an otherwise stagnant market. OLED screens are already in use in the Apple Watch. Rumors peg Apple's first use of OLED screens in the iPhone to a 2017 model.

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    Analysts suggest that Apple's future use of OLED technology will drive the technology's adoption forward in an otherwise stagnant market.

    Adoption of the technology has been accelerating and expanding for several years.  Apple are running after this bus hoping to jump on as a passenger.  Samsung is driving it.  The OLED market is far from stagnant, hence the entire point of this article.


    edited August 2016 levisingularity
  • Reply 2 of 10
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    cnocbui said:
    Analysts suggest that Apple's future use of OLED technology will drive the technology's adoption forward in an otherwise stagnant market.

    Adoption of the technology has been accelerating and expanding for several years.  Apple are running after this bus hoping to jump on as a passenger.  Samsung is driving it.  The OLED market is far from stagnant, hence the entire point of this article.


    Ha, good job, that "stagnant market" raised my eyebrows too. But I'd put it this way:

    After years of heroic effort, Samsung has the OLED train running regular service, with a few companies riding first class and several more riding coach. Now Apple wants to ride first class too, and Samsung is spending $7.1 billion starting last year to add coaches to accommodate them, along with others sure to follow.

    This wording would avoid your making the critical mistake of implying that Apple is stumbling and fumbling to catch up, when clearly what they were waiting for was Samsung's accomplishing its goal of offering passenger service.


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  • Reply 3 of 10
    It's actually pretty hopeless for JDI/Japan Display. If Samsung and LG came out of nowhere to displace Sony, National/Panasonic, Pioneer, JVC and Sharp, JDI won't be able to catch them. 

    Samsung is not worried about JDI. Visio and the Chinese are a totally different story, however. Hence Samsung and LG are going to keep their foot pressed on the accelerator to keep ahead of everyone else, but worried primarily about the Chinese competition. 

    Perhaps JDI can poach engineering and scientific talent from LG and Samsung instead. It's doubtful that it would work, but it's certainly much better than trying to start from scratch, spending boatloads of capital to catch something they have no hope of keeping up with. 

    The Koreans will remain dominant in display technology for the foreseeable future. Unless the Japanese can develop a technology that replaces OLEDs and it won't be Quantum dots. 
  • Reply 4 of 10
    That image used by AI is somethings my iPhone 6S running the latest point version of iOS 9 does not do—landscape view of folders, which looks like you can swipe between folders. Pretty cool, is that an iOS 10 feature?
    jony0
  • Reply 5 of 10
    That image used by AI is somethings my iPhone 6S running the latest point version of iOS 9 does not do—landscape view of folders, which looks like you can swipe between folders. Pretty cool, is that an iOS 10 feature?
    That's a "+" model. 
    They've ALWAYS had that.
    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/iphone-6-plus-landscape-mode-folders/
    repressthis
  • Reply 6 of 10
    That image used by AI is somethings my iPhone 6S running the latest point version of iOS 9 does not do. Pretty cool, is that an iOS 10 feature?
    That's a "+" model. 
    They've ALWAYS had that.
    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/iphone-6-plus-landscape-mode-folders/
    Ah, I see. Thank you @topper24hours for the info. And for the A-hole who disliked an honest question, you're retribution is so brilliant, lol. 
    edited August 2016 topper24hours
  • Reply 7 of 10
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    It's actually pretty hopeless for JDI/Japan Display. If Samsung and LG came out of nowhere to displace Sony, National/Panasonic, Pioneer, JVC and Sharp, JDI won't be able to catch them. 

    Samsung is not worried about JDI. Visio and the Chinese are a totally different story, however. Hence Samsung and LG are going to keep their foot pressed on the accelerator to keep ahead of everyone else, but worried primarily about the Chinese competition. 

    Perhaps JDI can poach engineering and scientific talent from LG and Samsung instead. It's doubtful that it would work, but it's certainly much better than trying to start from scratch, spending boatloads of capital to catch something they have no hope of keeping up with. 

    The Koreans will remain dominant in display technology for the foreseeable future. Unless the Japanese can develop a technology that replaces OLEDs and it won't be Quantum dots. 
    First, I know nothing about all this beyond what common sense and the tech press tell me. Here's the thing. Your dismal view of JDI's chances contradict what will happen in the case of Sharp and Foxconn, for example, where we learn that the plan is to switch fabs over to OLED production.

    That tells us that there must be some commonality between LCD and OLED production, and maybe an available pool of production expertise now from the suppliers of machinery to Samsung and LG — suppliers who wouldn't mind selling more stuff to Foxconn, or JDI for that matter. And there might be patent licensing available from the Korean companies as well.

    Supplies of OLED screens are possibly going to be tight in coming years. JDI may be a good investment, seems to me.
    edited August 2016
  • Reply 8 of 10
    That's a "+" model. 
    They've ALWAYS had that.
    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/iphone-6-plus-landscape-mode-folders/
    Ah, I see. Thank you @topper24hours for the info. And for the A-hole who disliked an honest question, you're retribution is so brilliant, lol. 

    I don't understand the dislike either. Either respond to the question, or ignore it. It takes a special kind of an asshole to downvote an honest question.
  • Reply 9 of 10
    kevin keekevin kee Posts: 1,291member
    flaneur said:
    cnocbui said:

    Adoption of the technology has been accelerating and expanding for several years.  Apple are running after this bus hoping to jump on as a passenger.  Samsung is driving it.  The OLED market is far from stagnant, hence the entire point of this article.


    Ha, good job, that "stagnant market" raised my eyebrows too. But I'd put it this way:

    After years of heroic effort, Samsung has the OLED train running regular service, with a few companies riding first class and several more riding coach. Now Apple wants to ride first class too, and Samsung is spending $7.1 billion starting last year to add coaches to accommodate them, along with others sure to follow.

    This wording would avoid your making the critical mistake of implying that Apple is stumbling and fumbling to catch up, when clearly what they were waiting for was Samsung's accomplishing its goal of offering passenger service.


    That's right. OLED has been widely used in recent years from TV to watch screen, so it's not exactly stagnant. Apple are not running after this, for years Apple has been waiting until someone (any company) has the capability to produce this en masse without problems which are caused by low yields and high production costs. Any decision to jump first on before any of the infrastructure in place is taking unnecessary high risk, and Apple is definitely not that stupid.
    edited August 2016 tmay
  • Reply 10 of 10
    That's a "+" model. 
    They've ALWAYS had that.
    https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/iphone-6-plus-landscape-mode-folders/
    Ah, I see. Thank you @topper24hours for the info. And for the A-hole who disliked an honest question, you're retribution is so brilliant, lol. 
    No problem!
    I've always been jealous of that feature, lol. I do NOT want a phone that big; but it's more & more tempting as they add small software and hardware perks to that particular model!
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