Reports from Korea say Apple and LG are unlikely to have anything ready commercially until 2020, giving Samsung the chance to build a healthy lead in the process. Apple is rumoured to be considering investing in this plant, but a deal hasn't been finalised. Ive teased that Apple has "many more big ideas" and it's already working on them. In fact, Samsung will likely make far more money from supplying parts to the iPhone X than it will for the Galaxy S8.
According to The Bell on October 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.
True Depth camera and Face ID are the latest features from Apple that have been incorporated on the upcoming iPhone X. Top Apple analyst now believe that these features will soon hit the next version of iPad Pro.
Samsung Display's been showing a foldable small OLED behind closed doors (the worst-kept secret in the industry) for years, and is set to launch a phone with the tech next year. The news comes after a patent was filed by Apple in February this year, describing a folding smartphone with a fabric cover.
The new iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone to come with an OLED display.
LG has reportedly completed its own foldable OLED panel prototype and has been upgrading the durability and the yield rate.
According to the latest reports, Apple chose to work with LG on this project.
The production of the display panels is expected to kick start in 2020, suggesting that the launch of a foldable iPhone could take place in 2021, three years after Samsung's first foldable smartphone, which is rumoured to debut as early as next year. It wouldn't be the first time we saw Apple take something someone else invented and ideal it to an extent where we actually think that it is an innovation.