Last summer Patently Apple posted two reports (one and two) covering LG plans to enter Apple's OLED supply chain with a third report last November pointing to LG preparing to supply Apple with 6.5" displays. Today, a news report is confirming that LG will soon be Apple's official second supplier of OLED displays.
The South China Morning Post is confirming that LG will slowly entering Apple's supply chain in what appears to be a trial run of approximately 2 to 4 million units to begin with before cranking up production. The first shipment is subject to two layers of approval, the first of which is expected around July, the people said. If successful, the majority of the new displays from LG would be slated for 2019.
The report further noted that this move could help Apple gain leverage in price negotiations with Samsung, the sole supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone X and Apple's primary rival in smartphones.
With Samsung settling their long standing patent case with Apple yesterday, you have to wonder if that was done to help them to retain the lion's share of OLED display business with Apple.
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