Korean publication ETNews reports that its sources tell them LG Display has been selected as a secondary supplier of flexible OLED displays for Apple’s iPhone lineup.
With the latest move, LGD will likely be able to expand its foothold in the mobile OLED segment, possibly by signing supply deals with other smartphone makers including Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo.
The sources said LGD’s sixth-generation flexible OLED panels recently passed a series of Apple’s quality tests. In addition, the display company is preparing to begin mass-production of OLED panels at two manufacturing lines of its E6 plant, which have been operational only for a test run until recently.
Samsung Display, the display-making unit of Samsung Electronics, has been the sole OLED display vendor for the handset. Apple first adopted OLED for its flagship iPhone X in 2017. However, a July report by Korean newspaper Newspin indicated a deal had been signed between Apple and LG Display.
While end users are unlikely to notice any differences, the move does give Apple the leverage to negotiate lower prices for the OLED displays used in the Cupertino firm’s new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max handset, which use 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sized OLED displays respectively.