With 'iPhone 8,' Apple & Samsung to dominate 2017 OLED supply, squeezing out others

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Huawei may have just 8 percent of its smartphones shipped with OLED panels in 2017 because of constrained supply forced by Apple's shift to the technology, and Samsung selling the majority of its available supply for the "iPhone 8."




A new report from DigiTimes claims that about 70 percent of the global OLED output for 2017 and 2018 will be consumed by Samsung and Apple. As a result, Huawei will cut back on OLED-screened production, and will return to LED for the vast majority of its production.

Apple is expected to receive delivery of 75 million OLED panels from Samsung Display in 2017 thanks to a pair of contracts with Samsung, which will account for 14 percent global OLED panel production for the year. Samsung Electronics will retain 56 percent. Oppo and Vivo are expected to secure 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

LG Display is expected to ship OLED screens in 2018. New supplier BOE may not turn out any until 2020.

In December 2016 Apple supplier Japan Display received a $636 million bailout from a Japanese government-backed investment firm. It dedicated part of the investment into buying a controlling stake in Joled, an OLED firm created out of units formerly belonging to Sony and Panasonic. When the investment in Joled will be productive for Japan Display and crank out OLED screens is not clear and was not predicted in Thursday's report, however.

While DigiTimes has a questionable track record for picking out specific Apple phone features, it is an accurate monitor of the supply chain for trends and orders, with deeper connections to vendors like Huawei than Apple.

Recent report suggest that Apple's shift to OLED for the entire iPhone line will take several years. The first phone suspected to have an OLED display is the "iPhone 8," also expected to be packed full of other new technologies.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    I love that picture of the bendable LG display, as if the display itself is enough. Never any mention of how all the other tech need to support the display is NOT bendable.

    Never mind the fact that no one wants this.

    "Look at our achievement that we've dumped money into! You can bend the display!"

    "...why?"

    "..."
    foggyhillwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 556member
    So there is 7% for others outside Apple/Samy/Vivo/Oppo. That is about 37 millions displays. That can be enough for rest of Android premium phones.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,408member
    I love that picture of the bendable LG display, as if the display itself is enough. Never any mention of how all the other tech need to support the display is NOT bendable.

    Never mind the fact that no one wants this.

    "Look at our achievement that we've dumped money into! You can bend the display!"

    "...why?"

    "..."
    I'd suspect benefits will become apparent.  Perhaps in later iterations of the iPhone more so.  I doubt Apple would be going in that direction just because they can.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 400member
    I'm just curious, what are the benefits of a bendable display? Apple uses glass to protect the display correct? So when you apply glass to this display, it prohibits it from bending...unless they are coming out with bendable glass? Excuse my ignorance, I am just confused on this one.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    I love that picture of the bendable LG display, as if the display itself is enough. Never any mention of how all the other tech need to support the display is NOT bendable.

    Never mind the fact that no one wants this.

    "Look at our achievement that we've dumped money into! You can bend the display!"

    "...why?"

    "..."
    Actually a very light self illuminating display would be useful to create TV's you can just ship rolled. That's by far the biggest thing I see those things doing. Moving a 65inch TV that's in one slap is a pain no matter how thin it is. You could even cover a whole wall with just a few rolls. It will happen within 10 years and it won't be that expensive either.
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