Apple was behind Sharp decision to buy Japan Display plant
What you need to know
- Apple supplier Sharp recently bought up a plant from Japan Display.
- It turns out the move may have been made at the behest of Apple.
- According to a new report, Sharp says it received a request from a customer that it buy the factory.
A new report says Sharp's decision to buy a plant from Japan Display may have come at the behest of Apple.
According to Nikkei Asian Review:
Earlier this week it emerged that Japan Display has sold one of its factories to Sharp for $377 million. The ailing display manufacturer has previously been bailed out by Apple on numerous occasions to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The new report says that Sharp "received a request from a customer" that it buy the factory:
Japan Display will reportedly use the money from the sale to pay back Apple what it owes for a facility built several years ago and paid for by Apple. The report notes that Apple is likely trying to secure a stable supply of LCD displays, which, although eschewed from Apple's flagship lineup, are still very important to its iPhone SE.
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The iPhone SE2, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 all use LCD screens. I can imagine Apple keeping a LCD iPhone model in its’ lineup for some time. Some people prefer LCD.