Apple teams up with LG Display for foldable iPhone due to concerns over tech leaks to Samsung

“Apple has reportedly started working on a foldable iPhone with LG Display, not Samsung Display — the sole OLED supplier — possibly due to concerns over tech leaks to its archrival Samsung Electronics,” Lee Ji-yoon reports for The Investor.

“According to The Bell on Oct. 11, LG Display recently created a task force to develop a foldable OLED screen for the new iPhone model, while its parts-making sister firm LG Innotek has also setup a team dedicated to developing the rigid flexible printed circuit board, more widely called RFPCB,” Lee reports. “Citing unnamed industry sources, the report said, the panel production could start from 2020, which means Apple could delay its phone launch compared to Samsung’s first foldable phone that is likely to debut next year.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Get the slavish copier Samsung, staffed with slimy thieves as they are, out of the Apple supply chain as much as possible!

Apple, LG Display discuss OLED display deal for 2019 – September 7, 2017
LG Display to supply OLED panels to Apple – July 31, 2017
Apple to invest $2.70 billion in LG Display’s OLED production – July 28, 2017
Apple and LG Display plan to derail Samsung’s OLED expansion plans – July 25, 2017
LG Display to invest $3.56 billion in flexible OLED plant – May 30, 2017
Apple patent details foldable iPhone – January 26, 2017
Apple granted U.S. patent for bendable or foldable iPhone using advanced carbon nanotube structures – November 1, 2016
Will the next-gen iPhone be a flip phone? Apple is granted another patent for new flexible handset design – November 22, 2016


  1. I think I’ll stick with a single solid slab. I honestly don’t think I’m interested in any folding device to carry around in terms of a smartphone. Of course, I’d have to see how this folding is accomplished to pass any judgment on it. As an average consumer, I can’t see the need for a much larger display than what is being used today.

    Again, with the foldable display tech, we’re likely going to see another price jump for flagship smartphones. It’s a never-ending cycle. I’m not against the advancement of tech, so let the games and whining begin. All I want at this point is greater battery life.

  2. Folding screens have been talked about for a number of years and while I can understand how a folding display might function, I’m not clear about how effectively a folding touch display might work.

    It would be unacceptable for the ‘hinge’ line of the touch screen to respond in any way differently to the rest of the screen. I’m not saying it’s impossible – I’m just curious about exactly how it’s going to work as it’s not something that I’ve noticed any mention of when people have written about them.

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