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LG and Samsung reportedly started production of OLED panels for iPhone 13

By Cookie Monster - on 31 May 2021, 12:00am

LG and Samsung reportedly started production of OLED panels for iPhone 13

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12.

Apple has requested LG and Samsung to begin production of OLED panels for its upcoming iPhone 13 lineup.

Sources told TheElec that Samsung is the only supplier of low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED panels for the Pro models while LG Display will be making the low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT OLED panels for the iPhone 13 and 13 mini models. The LTPO panels can support 120Hz refresh rates, which is a rumoured feature for the iPhone 13 Pro models. Overall, LG and Samsung are expected to make 30 million and 80 million OLED panels respectively for the iPhone 13 models.

TheElec added that production of these OLED panels started earlier than previous years due to Apple's request. Apparently, Apple does not want to be caught in the same situation last year when supply chain disruptions led to the company struggling to meet the higher-than-expected demand for the iPhone 12 models.

However, the global chip shortage could still pose some problems for Apple. Several suppliers already warned that the chip shortage could last through 2022 with Apple confirming that there will be supply constraints for the iPad and MacBook in the second half of the year.

Apple is tipped to be on track to launch the iPhone 13 in late September.

Source: TheElec

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