LG Display said on Tuesday that it would invest 3 trillion won, which works to about $2.6 billion in America dollars, in its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels production line in Korea.
In yet another sign that it's moving to diversify product manufacturing beyond China, Apple's reportedly been trialing AirPods production in Vietnam, per a communication seen by Nikkei.
Korea's ETNews reports that Apple is destined to order additional OLED panels for future products like "tablets and notebooks" from Samsung.
According to a supply chain report published Tuesday in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, relayed by DigiTimes, contract manufacturer Foxconn has continued to deepen its deployments in micro-LED technology "through a multi-pronged approach in order to win display orders from Apple for its next-generation iPhone devices."
Apple today announced 44 of its suppliers have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in their production of its gadgets as the Cupertino giant spent $2.5 billion in green bonds on environmental initiatives, the largest amount of any US corporation.
Apple owns a patent on foldable display technology and the latest sign that Tim Cook & Co. might be working on a foldable iPhone came courtesy of ETNews, which learned that Samsung Display provided samples of its foldable screens to Apple, Google and other major technology makers.
Coinciding with today's report in The New York Times detailing why Apple won’t be bringing manufacturing jobs back home, the Cupertino technology giant has now issued a press release focused on US suppliers Finisar, Corning and Broadcom which are building parts for its products at domestic manufacturing plants.
The gist of the report: the iPhone maker in 2018 alone spent a whopping $90 billion with 9,000 America component suppliers and companies such as Finisar, Corning and Broadcom.
The figure translates into an increase of more than ten percent from the year before, supporting more than 450,000 jobs, according to the press release.
Finisar, which supplies laser components for the TrueDepth camera, was awarded $390 million from Apple’s $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund last year to expand production. The supplier used that money to turn an unoccupied building in Sherman, Texas into a "bustling operation" full of people who will supply that future business.Finisar's technician handles a VCSEL wafer during production.
The facility will eventually employ up to 500 engineers who will be mass-producing vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for modern iPhones.
VCSEL wafers are nearly as thin as a human hair and contain hundreds of layers measuring only a few atoms in thickness. They require a highly advanced and precise manufacturing operation, as well as skilled technicians with specialized training.
Corning's 65-year-old facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky produces iPhone cover glass. It received a $200 million investment from Apple for state-of-the-art glass processing.Army veteran Michael Turner, 40, Michael Turner gets ready to enter the production floor at the Sherman plant.
Apple works with many other US suppliers, like Cincinnati Test Systems and Broadcom.
Cincinnati Test Systems in Ohio designed a first-of-its-kind equipment to ensure iPhone is water resistant. And Broadcom in Fort Collins, Colorado, Qorvo in Hillsboro, Oregon and Skyworks in Woburn, Massachusetts, are all making wireless communication hardware that enables global connectivity.
Since 2011, the total number of jobs created and supported by Apple in the US has more than tripled, from almost 600,000 to 2 million across all 50 states.
For the second time in two months, Apple is cutting iPhone production, according to a new report from Nikkei. Citing sources with knowledge of the request, the outlet says Apple has asked its suppliers to produce 10% fewer handsets than originally planned for the January-March quarter.
Sony, the biggest maker of camera chips used in phones, appears to be boosting production of next-generation 3D sensors after getting interest from phone makers including Apple.
Key Apple suppliers—TSMC, the sole supplier of Apple-designed mobile chips, and Foxconn, which assembles iPhones—today reported strong November revenue, but that didn't stop Bloomberg from pushing its narrative that the latest lineup is “falling flat with global consumers” as “iPhone concerns persist”.
Apple has launched an internal investigation into damning reports alleging that its supplier Quanta Computer illegally employed high school students to assemble Apple Watch units in China's Chongqing, reportedly pushing employees to work overtime and night shifts.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that China-based BOE Technology Group is seeking to supply Apple with advanced OLED smartphone panels for future iPhones.