Samsung and LG team up in a massive deal to manufacture future iPhone screens

Rob Attrell

December 30, 2015 7:25am

The display is arguably the most important part of a smartphone. If it’s low quality, or fails to impress, a poor screen brings down the whole device. We reported last month that Apple is working on developing OLED screen technology in a lab in Taiwan, and now we have a clearer picture what this tech might actually consist of.

According to a new report, Apple is close to an agreement with both LG and Samsung to manufacture Apple’s upcoming OLED displays. The deal would involve spending almost $13 billion over the next two to three years to ramp up production of the new screens. The report adds that Apple will also be providing some funding to both companies as part of the deal.

OLED displays provide better picture quality and contrast, allow for thinner screens, resulting in improved overall battery life, all traits Apple finds very desirable in mobile devices. At the moment, the report indicates this change to OLED won’t happen until around 2018, so we still have a long time to wait.

  • one5

    Poor Apple.

    • aaron


  • BioFanatic

    You forgot to mention that Samsung already has these top end amoled screens in their current phones, and it’s just one more example of how Apple hardware is overrated by tech journalists. If you disagree, I’d be happy to list all of the hardware gaps between Apple and many of its competitors, especially Samsung. 🙂

    • Oscar Wong

      Okay, the A9 SoC.

    • BioFanatic

      What’s your point?

  • northstar17

    Try using an iphone in a VR unit…ugly. I used iphone 6S, Nexus 5, and a Moto X Pure in a View Master a few days ago. The resolution differences were a huge factor in how good the experience was.

    • BioFanatic

      Exactly. The GearVR still has some screen door effect, and the S6 has roughly 200 more pixels per square inch.

  • aaron

    Finally, Samsung is playing along because they realized that they can’t beat iPhone.