According to South Korea "Electronic Times (ETNews)" reported that Apple has begun to OLED iPhone choosing partners, including raw materials, components and partners, according to estimates from the beginning of May next year will be the official production partner components and raw materials. Starting next year, iPhone will be installed OLED screen, which is the iPhone for the first time use OLED screen. Industry forecasts, most of Apple's existing partners will be abandoned, which is why companies to compete for Apple orders fierce competition.
25, according to several sources from the electronic components industry sources, Apple is looking for the production of OLED iPhone components and raw materials. In the first half of this year, Apple has chosen Samsung monitor (Samsung Display) as OLED screen supplier, Apple is currently looking for FPCB (flexible printed circuit board) provider. Apple will not only evaluate the performance and quality of the products produced by potential partners, but also other aspects of assessment, such as supply capacity, operating conditions.
A representative assembly industry, said: "for the OLED iPhone supply of new products is our goal, we are advancing towards the goal, it seems this decision will be formalized in the fourth quarter of this year."
Apple still looking for suppliers of raw materials, these materials will be used to manufacture an OLED screen. An OLED material industry representative said: "We are looking for ways to provide raw materials to Apple, this year in September or October, probably will receive a final decision." According to estimation, OLED iPhone will be released in the fall of next year, this year's iPhone yet roll out.
For what Apple a year in advance for the next generation iPhone to find components, raw material suppliers? Because it takes time to prepare for large-scale production. Partners also need time to plan, prepare for investment, components and raw materials.
Most smartphone makers (such as Samsung) in the introduction of new models will be a year in advance to determine the design and technical specifications, so Apple prepare in advance and there is nothing strange. Why Apple's behavior so compelling? Mainly because its decisions have a huge impact back-end industry, after all, Apple's iPhone sales per year to reach 200 million units. 200 million units sold and the size of the global smart phone sales last year quite OLED screen. Some people believe that the original order as a center LCD display industry will move quickly, the future will be OLED as a center.
In fact, Apple hinted that it would like to pick OLED screen to create a new supply network with the existing LCD supply network is different. For components and materials manufacturers, this is an unprecedented opportunity. Future, Apple may also use OLED screens in other products, such as iPad. If the supplier becomes part of Apple's supply network, you will get huge benefits in advance to seize the future market.
It is said that from the beginning of May next year, Apple will begin procurement component. In the fourth quarter of this year Apple will pick out partners began producing single component in the second quarter next year.
Apple began to build in the supply network at the same time, OLED iPhone contours gradually emerge. Industry news that Apple is developing 4.8 inches and 5.5 inches OLED screen, its size and existing iPhone or less. As to whether Apple will release two sizes of the phone is not OK. Some people believe that Apple insist on high-end strategy, at the beginning it may use the OLED screen in high-priced models, the first release of these phones.
Sources also said that OLED iPhone will use "dual-edge" design, which is both curved sides of the screen. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 installation is "dual-edge" screen, Apple may make adjustments in the design, such as changing the degree of bending, so that the product is not so similar.