Apple said to be working with LG on a foldable iPhone for one strategic reason
Although Samsung is the sole supplier of OLED panels to Apple for the next two years, it has reportedly being left out of the next iPhone project.
Citing information from anonymous industry sources, Korean publication The Bell reports that Apple has started working on a foldable iPhone with LG Display because of a strategic reason. Samsung Display was ruled out as a partner as Apple is concerned that its tech secrets would leak to Samsung Electronics, the business entity that manufactures the company's mobile phones.
LG Display is said to have assembled a taskforce to develop the foldable OLED panel for Apple while LG Innotek is responsible for developing the rigid flexible printed circuit board (RFPCB). However, Apple is unlikely to launch a foldable iPhone until 2020 when panel production is expected to begin.
LG and Samsung have been rumored in the past to be working on foldable smartphones. While LG has nothing more than just a patent for foldable phones, Samsung seems to be a step ahead in releasing a commercial unit soon. The bendable "Galaxy X" phone was recently licensed for sale in South Korea and Samsung has recently restarted the development of inward-folding smartphones.
Source: The Investor