Apple Watch 2 coming in 2016 with LG Display as exclusive display supplier, sources say

“The smartwatch display market is currently dominated by LG, but not thanks to the G Round or any of the company’s own products,” Mihai Matei reports for G for Games. “In fact LG Display recorded revenues of over $186 million throughout Q1 2015 thanks to the Apple Watch, while the entire smartwatch market is estimated to be worth roughly $204 million.”

“Reportedly, the Korean tech giant will be the sole display supplier for the Watch 2 which, according to the rumors, should be released in 2016,” Matei reports. “Sources in Korea add that… this strategy goes against Apple’s usual M.O. of using multiple suppliers for a specific component, but sources add that Apple settled on this decision because LG’s performance on the P-OLED smartwatch display market is unmatched, offering high quality products and good yield.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Currently, according to iFixit, Apple Watch sports a pressure-sensitive, flexible, touchscreen AMOLED Retina display from LG Display.


    1. The question is… WHY!!!!!

      The Apple watch is like Windows RT, an abortion that somehow lived, not uncommon to many of my fellow posters on this site, by the way.

      I always thought the Apple watch was one of those parodies you see on Youtube. It’s just that ridiculous as an Apple product.

      To all the idiots who bought one, a fool and his/her money are soon parted. Thank P.T Barnum for that one.

  1. One would think that Apple would prefer to have multiple sources, and are probably working on that happening, it just hasn’t happened yet, or it has not been discovered yet.

    1. AW’s display is developed by Apple, but for now only LG display can provide manufacturing facilities for mass production. Couple of other companies also starting to produce OLEDs, but they have not scale now.

      Samsung is not an option since they have different, incompatible manufacturing line, and because besides SoCs, Apple wants to drop Samsung wherever possible.

      This is how in current iPhone 6/6 Plus devices there is nothing from Samsung. Neither SoC, nor display, nor RAM, nor RPROM (flash), nothing.

      This is about to change with iPhone 6S/6S Plus with SoC, but this is because TSMC lags with its 16/20 nm process, Samsung went ahead.

      TSMC claims they are going to be fast with implementing 10 nm process for A10 in 2016, but lets see.

  2. So . . . Put off buying an Apple Watch and a Mac Book and a Mac Mini and Apple TV and iPad until next year. The Apple slogan should be “Don’t buy anything now! “

    1. Don’t put off buying an WATCH because they’re highly useful right now. I plan on buying an WATCH SPORT 2 next year and passing my original WATCH SPORT on to a friend, relative or Craig’s List buyer depending on circumstances then. I also plan on buying an WATCH SPORT 3 in 2017, WATCH SPORT 4 in 2018 etc.😜⌚️😱💥🎉🎈😃

  3. I would be surprised to see a new model of the watch before 2017. These sort stories are often planted by competitors in an attempt to dissuade potential buyers from pulling the trigger on a purchase.

  4. Waiting for ver. 2. History shows us the diff between v1 and v2 is out of proportion between subsequent versions. The less the watch needs an iPhone, the more attractive it is. Go Perry/Rubio ticket. One seasoned governor, one promising SpanAmer senator. We don’t need a rancid ragmop warmed over grandma.

  5. I would just like the next watch to have better water/pressure resistance. For the last 40 years I have never had a watch able to withstand less than 10ATM pressure resistance. This thing is not rated withstand anything more than a bit of sweat or light splashing and not even that if you actually use it.
    “Sport Watch” – not!
    From the user guide:
    “Submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant. Water resistance is not a permanent condition and Apple Watch cannot be rechecked or resealed for water resistance. The following may affect the water resistance of Apple Watch and should be avoided:
    • Dropping Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts.
    • Submerging Apple Watch in water for long periods of time.
    • Swimming or bathing with Apple Watch.
    • Exposing Apple Watch to pressurized water or high velocity water, for example, showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on.
    • Wearing Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room.”

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