What you need to know
- LG Display says it is has reviewed plans to build an additional line for OLED display manufacturing.
- A new report says this all but confirms previous reports the company plans to further invest in making OLED panels for Apple.
A new report says that LG Display's announcement of plans to invest in another OLED production line confirms it will make more OLED panels for Apple in the future.
From The Elec:
LG Display CFO Suh Dong-hee reportedly said during the company's earnings call that company has substantially reviewed plans to build an additional OLED line. On Wednesday LG stated:
The Elec reports that LG's new line will add capacity for 15,000 substrates a month, and has previously reported that the line would be dedicated to production for Apple, increasing iPhone OLED panel production by 50%.
According to reports, Apple has asked suppliers for 90 million units of its upcoming iPhone 13 by the end of the year. The Elec has previously stated that Apple wants LG Display to supply more panels as a result of this increase in orders, which is up on the reported 75 million units of iPhone 12 it asked for last year. The new line, dubbed E6-3, likely won't be operational until sometime next year. As The Elec has previously noted, LG had halted spending on this line back in 2017 because it didn't get Apple's approval to supply OLED panels, however, it re-entered the supply chain in 2018 and supplied 25 million OLED units to Apple last year.
At least some of Apple's new iPhone 13 models will reportedly feature LTPO displays, using the same technology as the Apple Watch to provide an always-on display and a variable refresh rate that should enable 120Hz displays for Apple's 'Pro' iPhone lineup. That would make for a big display upgrade over the iPhone 12, currently the best iPhone Apple offers.
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