Japan Display seeks over $500M in bid to secure next-gen LCD iPhone orders

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in iPhone edited March 2018
In a rush to retain Apple as a smartphone display customer, Japan Display on Friday said it plans to raise more than $500 million that will be put towards manufacturing LCD panels for a next-generation iPhone.




The display maker, flailing to stay afloat amidst a messy restructuring process, intends to net 55 billion yen (about $517 million) in third-party share allocations and asset sales, reports Nikkei.

JDI reportedly took a hit when Apple opted to integrate OLED technology in its latest flagship iPhone, the iPhone X, last year. At the time, analysts predicted a precipitous drop in profits as the company, which counts Apple as its largest customer, attempted a pivot to OLED manufacturing.

Forwarding its narrative that iPhone X is a "flop," Nikkei reports Apple "appears to be sticking with LCDs for some models" due to arrive this fall. For JDI, which was mulling a transition to OLED, a continuation of LCD iPhone production means the firm must now lock down working capital to ensure adequate capacity for what is expected to be a massive order.

JDI is looking to raise 35 billion yen through newly issued shares, 30 billion yen from overseas investors and another 5 billion yen from Japanese LED maker Nichia. The latter investment would give Nichia a 3.5 percent stake in the firm on a voting rights basis, the report said.

The company also plans to sell a currently unused plant located in the Ishikawa prefecture to government-backed Innovation Network Corp. for 20 billion yen.

INCJ, JDI's largest shareholder which tendered a $636 million bailout in 2016, will subsequently turn the plant over to JOLED for use as an OLED production facility. Established in 2014 by JDI, Sony and Panasonic, JOLED also counts INCJ as a majority shareholder.

Reports last year claimed Apple expressed interest in purchasing Full Active LCD panels from JDI to incorporate into 2018 iPhone models. The technology boasts many of the same benefits of OLED for a fraction of the cost, making it a viable option as Apple transitions away from traditional LCD applications.

Apple is rumored to launch three new iPhones this year, two with OLED panels and a third "budget" LCD model. The OLED versions are expected to boast iPhone X styling with 5.8- and 6.5-inch displays, while the LCD variant is predicted to take after the iPhone 8 and incorporate a 6.1-inch screen.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    racerhomie3racerhomie3 Posts: 1,021member
    My first home buttonless iPhone might be this one.
    I used the X , but still feel a strong attachment to my SE.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,894member
    I really don’t want to pay more for OLED. But I do want the best camera I can get. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    blastdoor said:
    I really don’t want to pay more for OLED. But I do want the best camera I can get. 
    I don’t know which iPhone you’re currently using but my wife has the iPhone 8 Plus and the camera is truly superb. Worth considering, perhaps! 😎🇮🇪☘️ 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 1,894member
    blastdoor said:
    I really don’t want to pay more for OLED. But I do want the best camera I can get. 
    I don’t know which iPhone you’re currently using but my wife has the iPhone 8 Plus and the camera is truly superb. Worth considering, perhaps! 😎🇮🇪☘️ 
    I have a 7+. 

    I'll be up for upgrading this Fall. I may very well buy the 8+ if that's the only way to get a camera upgrade without paying the OLED premium. 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    I really hope they put out a new small phone that still feels premium the way the SE did when it launched. I want to be able to get a great camera and colour accurate screen (not necessarily OLED because who cares) all in a package I can fit in my pocket without the thing bending or being too hard to type one handed with. Ideally over the next few months I'd like to get a new iPhone with Face ID, an iPad with Face ID, and I'd really love to get a quad core 13 inch MacBook Pro (dare I say with Face ID?) That said right now my MacBook is the only Apple device I own that really feels long in the tooth. I don't feel any desire to get an OLED iPhone since most of the time I already have to turn my brightness down. Just make sure it's a P3 accurate screen and that's good enough for me.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    simply258simply258 Posts: 100member
    Why aren't we assuming that the next iPhone X will have Full Active LCD, which is what the LCD the article would be referring to, and not old style LCD?
    watto_cobralukei
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