Has Apple enlisted LG for foldable iPhone display?

Apple teams up with LG Display for foldable iPhone

Korean site The Investor reports that LG Display is developing a foldable OLED screen for the new model, which could be in production by 2020.

Also, it is pointed out that is LG ready to produce rigid flexible printed circuit boards or RFPCBs for smartphones.

While LG has supposedly created a task force to develop a foldable OLED screen for a future iPhone, unnamed industry sources claim panel production won't begin until 2020.

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Apple usually starts a new phone project a year before launch, sharing key features, including the panel, with suppliers. However, the report adds that foldable display panel production for iPhones may start by early 2019.

Reports of a future iPhone with a foldable display surfaced previous year as well when LG Display was said to begin mass-production of foldable smartphone displays in 2018, with Apple being one of the potential partners.

Piper Jaffray's latest survey on teen consumers indicates that enthusiasm for the tech giant's devices in that demographic has never been higher. Apple's decision to go with LG may be an attempt to decrease its dependence on its biggest rival.

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Samsung is now the sole manufacturer of the OLED displays, NAND flash and DRAM chip in quantities required by Apple for its iPhones. Sources say the two firms have tentatively agreed on the investment but details have not yet been finalized.

Now, let's hope Apple will soon find a way to bury all the cameras and sensors in the iPhone X's notch under the display. Samsung is expected to launch their flexible smartphone in 2018.

Apple pushed aside the traditional 3D Touch Home button which unlocked smartphones through fingerprint scans and chose to opt for a more futuristic face scanning software. Other info indicated that the Galaxy X (Samsung's foldable phone) will be manufactured in very limited quantities and be sold in Korean shores only.

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