Apple has not surprised us in a keynote for some time. What would be a surprise is that next year did not present an iPhone with OLED screen, a screen that could be supplied by Samsung and LG. Sharp is waiting to see if any of the previous two companies suffer any setbacks and today it has been known that Apple could have Japan Display a fourth option, as The Wall Street Journal says.
Although Apple does not sell as many phones as other companies, especially in the mid/low range, providing components for the iPhone is a very lucrative business. With this in mind, Japan Display had planned to ask for funding from its government to help them invest in infrastructure to make OLED screens. At the moment, the Japanese manufacturer would be about to get about 75,000 million yen
Samsung and LG are struggling to get all the orders for Apple OLED screens for next year, although Cupertino’s do not like to place all orders to a single company for some components of their devices. What does seem clear is that the company that wants to manufacture the OLED screens for the iPhone 2017 will have to do it at a good price or, otherwise, the orders could end up in the hands of another company.
In any case, Apple is relying on Samsung to manufacture the OLED screens of the Touch Bar of the new MacBook Pro, so it seems we are clear which would be the first candidate. The only thing I can say is that I hope that in 2017 we will not have an OLED-gate.