Apple has opened a new OLED research and development (R&D) facility in Taiwan, designed to end its dependence on Samsung for top–end smartphone screen tech.
At the moment, major suppliers need to go to Samsung for large quantities of OLED displays, which use up less battery and offer better brightness and performance compared with LCD screens.
Apple is said to have ordered 160 million OLED screens from Samsung over the next two years.
Most of these will feature on the iPhone 8, while next year’s entire iPhone range is expected to come loaded with the tech.
This year’s iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are set to come with standard LCDs.
Apple’s move into OLED R&D has been marked by the purchase of top–end equipment designed to make the displays.
It’s likely, say sources, that these will be leased out to local companies in Taiwan to make the screens on Apple’s behalf.
The iPhone 8 is due out in September.
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