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Samsung now supplying OLED displays for Apple Watch and may supply iPhone

Apple is seeking to diversity its OLED supply chain by increasing the number of providers of OLED displays for the Apple Watch

27 Oct 2015 | Editor

According to a news article on the Digitimes website Samsung Display is now a supplier of OLED displays for Apple Watch, and may even supply Apple with OLED panels for other devices, according to Korea-based ET News.

The reports suggest that:

  • Apple has further incorporated Samsung into its OLED supply chain to diversify its panel suppliers, causing LG Display to no longer be the sole provider of OLED displays for the Apple Watch
  • Since the two have strengthen their cooperation in the wearables segment Apple is now receiving samples OLED displays that may be used in upcoming iPhone models
  • Apple is expected to make a decision in November, a move that will also affect Samsung's move to further pursue production of curved OLED panels at its A3 facilities since investment plans to further mass produce the technology are currently in their early stages

Rumours in the past have speculated that an OLED iPhone from Apple would not appear until 2017 should Apple decide to incorporate the technology, since the vendor has already moved forward with plans for the next iPhone. However, the report speculated a decision from Apple in November could change this development.

In separate media reports from Japan it said that Apple will strengthen its cooperation with JDI for higher-end displays following recent investments in the company, and is expected to continue doing so into 2016 for the new iPhone, as plans for the new device have already been laid out.

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