Apple Partners With LG To Created Foldable iPhone Display
The Investor has reported that Apple is reportedly working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone. The reports indicate that Apple decided to go with LG Display over Samsung Display due to the rivalry the two companies have in the smartphone market. Samsung’s line of Galaxy phones are one of the biggest competitors to Apple’s iPhone.
On October 11, LG Display created a task force with the goal of designing a foldable display for the upcoming iPhone. The foldable OLED display is currently set to go into production in 2020 which means Apple’s foldable smartphone may launch after Samsung’s. Samsung is reportedly planning to release a foldable phone sometime next year though it is unclear whether it will be a Galaxy or Galaxy Note model.
It has been reported that LG reportedly developed their first foldable display prototype two or three years ago and has been working on improving the durability, production rate, and other issues ever since. However, it is unclear how much of their current technology will go into the upcoming iPhone. It’s possible they may be working on something truly unique for Apple. Considering the fact that Samsung appears poised to beat them to the market by a couple of years, it would make sense that Apple wants something that would make the iPhone stand out from the crowd.
Numerous smartphone manufacturers have promised foldable displays for some time now, but, so far, we haven’t seen any make it to the market. Such phones promise to combine the best of tablets and smartphones into one device creating a smartphone that can fold into a larger tablet-like device. The technology hasn’t been shown yet, but it has the potential to be a major game changer assuming someone can make it work.
As previously stated, Samsung is planning on releasing a foldable device in 2018 so we don’t have too long to wait.
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