LG Innotek aiming at making flexible circuit boards for Apple's 'iPhone 9' - report

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LG Innotek is in the process of setting up flexible printed circuit board (PCB) production, with the goal of becoming a primary supplier for the Apple iPhone, according to a report out of LG's home country, South Korea.

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An "iPhone 8" concept render.


"Related facilities" should break ground later in 2017, the Korea Economic Daily said on Monday, citing sources. It's expected that mass produciton will begin sometime in 2018.

Flexible PCBs are considered essential for curved OLED panels on smartphones. Samsung has so far maintained the edge in the field, having used curved OLED on phones since 2015's Galaxy S6 Edge. Indeed this year's "iPhone 8" will allegedly use Samsung panels, despite Apple's tendency to distance itself from its main competitor.

LG Innotek components will presumably have to wait for next year's "iPhone 9." The company could end up splitting orders with Samsung, even if it does win a contract.

Rumors about that device -- likely over a year away -- have so far been scarce. It will almost certainly support 5G cellular, since Apple is already planning to test the technology.

The "iPhone 8" should feature a 5.8-inch OLED display with an embedded Touch ID sensor, replacing a physical home button with a virtual one. Other upgrades should include an "A11" processor, wireless charging, faster cable charging, and 3D facial recognition.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 323member
    Better hold off on buying that iPhone 8! /sarcasm
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  • Reply 2 of 7
    Herbivore2Herbivore2 Posts: 362member
    While it's good to see LG trying to keep up with Samsung, it's essentially over. Samsung is going to rout the entire industry. They are the BEST at developing and manufacturing high end components. 

    Samsung is a full generation ahead of LG in OLED, produce the best NVM on the market, build the best digital image sensor on the market and on the cutting edge with respect to CPU manufacturing technology. 

    LG has an advantage in one area. Their battery technology is superior to all others. And Samsung did fall hard on their face with respect to the exploding battery issue in the Note7. Samsung will fix their batteries before LG will be able to compete in OLED panels. 
  • Reply 3 of 7
    anton zuykovanton zuykov Posts: 1,031member
    Samsung is a full generation ahead of LG in OLED, produce the best NVM on the market, build the best digital image sensor on the market and on the cutting edge with respect to CPU manufacturing technology.

    1. Until someone disrupts them with some new tech that is better than the existing OLED.
    2. Best sensors? They are one of the best, but not "the best". Sony sensors are really good as well.
    As for the CPU, should we recall TSMC vs Sammy CPUs debacle, when Sammy definitely did not produce "cutting edge" CPUs...TSMC did.
    Just saying.
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  • Reply 4 of 7
    I'm only in the comments because of the 'iPhone 9' phrase.

    Even if this fall's OLED iPhone is called 'iPhone 8' - that would still make next years iPhones be 8S. Just threw me off is all. Lol
  • Reply 5 of 7
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    While it's good to see LG trying to keep up with Samsung, it's essentially over. Samsung is going to rout the entire industry. They are the BEST at developing and manufacturing high end components. 

    Samsung is a full generation ahead of LG in OLED, produce the best NVM on the market, build the best digital image sensor on the market and on the cutting edge with respect to CPU manufacturing technology. 

    LG has an advantage in one area. Their battery technology is superior to all others. And Samsung did fall hard on their face with respect to the exploding battery issue in the Note7. Samsung will fix their batteries before LG will be able to compete in OLED panels. 
    Manufacturing, yeah, the designing part when it comes to CPU, not so much.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    So the iPhone that comes out in 2020, then. Why worry about it now?
  • Reply 7 of 7
    "Flexible PCBs are considered essential for curved OLED panels on smartphones"

    yet to understand the benefits to a curved display. I don't even see the point in those curved TVs; I seen one at a relatives house on the weekend and it just looked daft. They had wall mounted it and because of the curve 
    it stuck out massively. Didn't see any visual benefit from the curve either while watching a movie. In a phone it just means you're hand will cover one of the curved edges of the screen and at the very edges you won't SEE it unless you tilt the phone, just sounds ridiculous to me.

    I'd like to think there are other reasons for flexible PCB; space saving for example.
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