Rumor: Samsung Sole Supplier of AMOLED Display for iPhone 8

Barclays Research analysts think Apple might offer iPhone 8 in two screen sizes, one measuring five inches diagonally and the other 5.8 inches. DigiTimes claimed in March that Apple had picked Samsung Display as the main supplier of 5.8-inch AMOLEDs.

In a follow-up report Thursday, DigiTimes reiterated that Samsung Display will be Apple’s exclusive supplier of 5.8-inch AMOLED display panels for iPhone 8.

Citing sources in the Taiwan supply chain, the trade publication said that Samsung Display is able to build up to approximately twenty million AMOLED units per month for Apple. Global shipments of AMOLED-based iPhone 8 models in 2017 could reach an estimated 60 to 70 million units, the sources noted.

The touch sensors for the AMOLED panels will be supplied by Japan-based Nissha Printing, with the bonding of AMOLED display and touch sensors being done either by Samsung Display or TPK Holding and General Interface Solution.

Apple has been looking for alternative OLED panel suppliers, but the company has not met with much success. Almost every other display maker is currently struggling with their OLED production facility or yield issues and are incapable of supplying Apple with OLED panels in decent numbers.



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