Looks like Apple is in talks to finalize a deal with LG Display for the company to supply OLED screens for its iPhone X and upcoming smartphones this year, Bloomberg is reporting, citing sources. Initially, LG Display will supply Apple with 2 million to 4 million OLED units and then could expand that as time goes on.
Apple only offers one OLED-based iPhone in the iPhone X. The device’s screens are currently provided by Samsung Display which present as you can imagine some problems.
Apple was forced to sell the iPhone X at $999 last year because of the high cost of the screens. By going into business with LG Display, it could make it easier to bring the iPhone X price down. The timing might be right.
The timing is great as Apple (as always) is planning to introduce three new iPhones for this year. The cheapest of could come with a 6.1-inch LCD screen. The other two are expected to ship with OLED displays. The iPhone X-2 will likely be identical to the iPhone X, but come with improved performance. An iPhone X Plus could offer a screen size of 6.5 inches.
In order to secure a deal, Apple and LG Display need two separate approvals from the companies, according to the Bloomberg report. LG Display is hoping to be the sole supplier for this year’s iPhone X update, but Apple is unsure whether LG Display could handle the demand.