Apple has teamed up with LG to start work on an iPhone with a foldable screen.
That’s the word from anonymous supply-chain sources in South Korea, who claim LG has set up a special team to work on the display for Apple.
It’s also been reported that LG’s parts division has another team working on internal components for the device.
It had been thought that Apple would work with Samsung to produce flexible screens for future iPhones.
However, it’s been suggested that Tim Cook and co do not want to develop too close a relationship with an arch rival.
Samsung is expected to launch its first commercial foldable phone next year, after trailing two phones in 2016 under the Project Valley name.
These included a tablet that folded into a smartphone and a clamshell–style handset.
Reports from Korea say Apple and LG are unlikely to have anything ready commercially until 2020, giving Samsung the chance to build a healthy lead in the process.
Apple and LG are also said to be working closer on OLED screens for 2018’s iPhone range.