known fact that today the Samsung exclusive supplier of OLED panels equip the most expensive models of the iPhone It was this exclusivity, in fact, that earned Apple a heavy fine for placing orders below expectations. That status quo may be about to change, however.
According to a Barclays note received today by the MacRumors, Apple would be looking for options to diversify the iPhones OLED panel supply chain. The first target, which could make j screens for the upcoming 2019 models, would be Samsung's main rival in the segment: the LG.
There is no more information about possible models that would be LG's focus or if the divide between the two South Koreans would be balanced, but Barclays says Apple does not want to stop by. According to the note sent to the bank's investors, Ma can go beyond and make a partnership with the Chinese. BOE In order to supply OLED screens to the 2020 iPhones with this, we will have no less than three suppliers of panels for Ma's smartphones in just over two years.
The rumor makes perfect sense: In addition to Apple's intention to increase demand for iPhones with the 2019 models (although it is not yet known how), it is almost a "confirmed" rumor that Ma will make the complete transition to OLED technology. By 2020 today, the iPhone XR (as well as the still-sold iPhones 8 and 7) still has an LCD screen, and its successor should keep it only until the next generation.
By diversifying the OLED display supply chain, Apple no longer relies solely on Samsung and its terms, and ensures (theoretically at least) that the supply of parts for its smartphones will be met, regardless of demand. It remains to be seen if all partners will be able to supply panels of identical quality. But we all know the controversy that Google got into when it sold Pixel 2 XL smartphones with distinctive quality screens.