LG Display pouring another $1.75 billion into flexible OLED production line

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

LG Display, one of the Asian companies that provide screens for Apple products, yesterday announced plans to spend an additional 1.99 trillion won, or about $1.75 billion, on its sixth-generation “P9” flexible OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) production line in Paju. More OLED facilities are coming soon in Paju and Gumi, LG said. Read More

 

LG Display jacking up investment on OLED screens ahead of rumored OLED iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

LG Display will jack up investment on next-generation mobile screens based on Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology as its top customer Apple Inc. prepares to adopt these ultra-thin, power-saving screens for iPhones “as early as 2017,” Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Read More

 

Apple may be forced to open a center for iOS device repair in Russia to avoid lawsuits

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

Following a lawsuit filed against Apple last June by iPhone owner Dmitry Petrov, which alleged that the Cupertino firm had failed to provide proper product support in Russia because its resellers and chain stores lacked the proper equipment to repair smashed displays, Apple could reportedly be planning to open a full-fledged center for iOS device repairs in the country to avoid future lawsuits.

It is not known when Apple’s centralized repair center will open, but it will reportedly be “big and expensive”. According to a report by The Moscow Times, one unidentified employee of an Apple partnership corporation told Vedomosti that “he believes it will cost between $1 and $2 million.” Read More

 

Samsung Display is spinning off its successful OLED business ahead of OLED iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2016

Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, recently won a deal with Apple to supply its high-quality OLED panels for use in the next iPhone and now the South Korean company is spinning off its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) unit, The Korea Times reported Monday.

Samsung Display reported a 270 billion won (about $235.2 million) operating loss during the first quarter of this year due to the struggling LCD business and strong competition from Chinese makers of low-cost LCDs for mobile devices. Read More

 

Samsung could build 240M AMOLEDs for future iPhones in the next 3 years

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

LG Display, Japan Display, AU Optronics, Samsung Display and Foxconn-owned Sharp are all said to share production of AMOLED panels for future iPhones, with Samsung alone providing an estimated 240 million AMOLED units in the next three years beginning in 2017, DigiTimes Research predicted yesterday.

Samsung is the world’s top producer of AMOLED panels. When deployed to the iPhone, this technology will result in crisper colors, deeper blacks, increased brightness, high visibility under direct sunlight and reduced power consumption. Read More

 

Sharp to begin producing OLED screens for a future iPhone before 2018

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

In addition to LG Display and Samsung’s mobile display arm, both of which are now pouring significant resources into ramping up OLED panel production ahead of Apple’s switch from LCDs to OLEDs for iPhones, Japanese outlet Nikkei is reporting today that Sharp is expected to do the same before 2018.

Apple is widely expected to make a switch to OLED screens in time for a tenth anniversary iPhone, due in 2017. Read More

 

2017 Apple Watch could use power-sipping micro-LED panels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Apple is reportedly prepping to switch from flexible OLED screens utilized on the current Apple Watch to a more power-efficient micro-LED display technology that could be used for an Apple Watch hardware update in 2017, DigiTimes reported Friday. The Taiwanese trade publication said Apple could replace OLED displays in the Apple Watch with micro-LED panels as early as the second half of 2017. Read More

 

Thunderbolt Display won’t be refreshed at WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Without naming a specific source, iMore’s Rene Ritchie has reportedly heard that Apple is not planning to refresh the aging 27-inch Thunderbolt Display at WWDC this month after all. “I asked around, and it’s not happening at the keynote or any time in the immediate future,” he wrote. Read More

 

Updated Thunderbolt Display rumored to include 5K resolution and integrated GPU

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

Stock of Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt Display has been dwindling ahead of the WWDC keynote, leading us to suspect that the product is about to be upgraded soon. The display, which was first introduced more than four years ago, should see its resolution bumped to match the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display. The hardware refresh might integrate an external graphics card, reports 9to5Mac. Read More

 

Analyst: iPhone 8 will rock Galaxy Edge-like wraparound AMOLED screen

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

IHS Technologies analyst Kevin Wang writes on Chinese social network Weibo that the iPhone 8, which we believe will release in the fall of 2017, will come outfitted with a dual-curved display similar to that found on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 edge, for a virtually bezel-less appearance. He also said just yesterday the next iPhone would replace the entry-level 16GB tier with a more capacious 32GB SKU. Read More

 

As stock is dwindling, will Thunderbolt Display get its Retina treatment at WWDC?

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display launched nearly five years ago and it may finally receive its long-overdue upgrade soon. Web checks reveal that Thunderbolt Display stock is dwindling across Apple Stores around the world, including in North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. Furthermore, tipsters say that stock is not being replenished, suggesting new models might be introduced at WWDC. Read More

 

Samsung’s VR smartphone screen could let you enjoy 3D without any special glasses

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

Virtual reality is a new tech buzzword and key players are taking notice, with Samsung Display showing off a cutting-edge smartphone display technology at the Display Week conference in San Francisco last week. The tech promises to let people enjoy 3D content without needing any special glasses. Read More

 

Apple supplier to build nanowire-based flexible toucscreens, likely for future iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes is reporting that TPK Holding is gearing up to product nanowire-based flexible touchscreens. TPK is on Apple’s supplier list so there’s a high likelihood that future iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices could switch to these flexible screens based on nano silver ink. Originally developed by 3M, silver nanowire films are flexible and transparent to the eye, making them feasible for wearable devices particular. Read More

 

John Gruber: 2017 iPhone may have edge-to-edge display with integrated Touch ID and camera

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016

Apple pundit John Gruber who runs the Daring Fireball blog has reportedly learned that the next year’s iPhone—which some people think will be marketed as ‘iPhone 8’ rather than ‘iPhone 7s’—may sport an edge-to-edge display that could allow an entirely new form-factor device to have a slightly smaller appearance without sacrificing screen size.

But that’s not all: although Gruber did not say this with complete certainty, he’s heard “scuttlebutt“ suggesting Apple’s somehow managed to integrate Touch ID fingerprint verification, a front-facing camera and other components into the screen itself.

If true, 2017 iPhones should be the most radical departure from the device’s design so we may finally live to see the iPhone get rid of its chin and the forehead. Read More

 

Satellite TV provider Dish launches iPhone repair service

By Christian Zibreg on May 3, 2016

In a surprise move today, satellite television provider Dish Network unveiled a brand new smartphone repair service for customers in the United States who can ask for a technician to visit them and fix their iPhone’s screen or battery. The service is called ‘Smart Phone Repair On Your Turf’.

Dish has deployed its nationwide fleet of technicians who can reach homes or businesses in any of the 50 U.S. states to repair iPhones for consumers whether or not they are Dish customers.

So, what kind of prices does Dish charge for screen and battery repairs? Read More

 

It’s now technically possible to embed a fingerprint scanner beneath a smartphone display

By Christian Zibreg on May 3, 2016

Apple’s ‘iPhone 7’ hasn’t arrived yet but that hasn’t stopped analysts from predicting that an ‘iPhone 8’ will ditch the iconic Home button. Conventional wisdom has it that 3D Touch will simulate Home button presses while fingerprint recognition should be realized by incorporating the Touch ID sensor into the display itself.

What conventional wisdom doesn’t help explain is how such a technology might work. Well, now we know: LG announced its Innotek division has achieved a major technological breakthrough in producing the world’s first in-screen fingerprint scanner.

“LG Innotek cut a shallow furrow of 0.01 inches (0.3 mm) thick on the lower backside of the cover glass and installed the fingerprint sensor inside of it with using their supreme precision and combination technology,” explains the company. Read More

 

Apple’s allegedly brokered $2.6 billion deal with Samsung to supply OLED panels for iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

Apple has reportedly brokered a deal with its South Korean frenemy Samsung, worth an estimated $2.59 billion, to supply OLED panels for future iPhones, scheduled to ship in 2017. Citing sources familiar with Samsung’s plans, The Korea Herald reported Friday that Samsung’s mobile display making arm, Samsung Display, will manufacture about hundred million OLED panels annually, measuring 5.5 inches diagonally, starting next year. Read More

 

DisplayMate: 9.7″ iPad Pro has a ‘truly impressive’ display, much better than iPad Air 2’s

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

An in-depth analysis of Apple’s latest display technology conducted by DisplayMate has shown that the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is outfitted with “a truly impressive” Retina display, which DisplayMate described as a “major upgrade” over that used in the iPad Air 2.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, DisplayMate has found, delivers “color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect”. Read More

 

Apple supplier Sharp starts prepping AMOLED production lines, likely for future iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

Hot on the heels of a reported $3.5 billion acquisition of Sharp by Apple’s contract fabricator Foxconn, Sharp has reportedly begun setting up production lines dedicated to churning out AMOLED smartphone panels as Apple is said to be lining up suppliers to support its major move to outfit future iPhones with AMOLED screen technology.

According to a report Wednesday by DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication, Sharp is setting up three production lines that should have total monthly capacity of 9.85 million 5.5-inch equivalent AMOLED panels. Read More

 

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn buys Apple supplier Sharp in a $3.5 billion deal

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

It’s finally official: the world’s leading contract fabricator, Foxconn, which assembles iPhones and other products for Apple and other consumer electronics companies, has purchased the struggling Japanese giant Sharp, one of Apple’s display panel suppliers, in a deal valued at a reported $3.5 billion.

As reported today by The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn believes this transaction will improve its position on the technology value chain and has plans to expand Sharp’s production capacity and invest in the production of OLED screens that future iPhones are expected to adopt. Read More

 
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