The most important part of Apple’s upcoming iPhone is its screen, which is widely expected to use a newer kind of display technology called OLED. And the only company that can make them in large numbers up to Apple’s standards is also its top competitor in the smartphone market: Samsung. “OLED iPhone panel supply is controlled wholly by Samsung, not Apple,” Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, wrote in an Apple Insight note dated Wednesday and seen by Business Insider. “This fact explains why, first of all, Samsung has higher bargaining power and, second, why OLED panel module is likely priced at US$120-130 per unit (vs. 5.5-inch iPhone’s LCD module price of US$45-55 per unit),” he continued. “This is also why Apple is in urgent need of finding a second source of OLED.” Apple needs millions of OLED screens. Kuo previously forecast that between 45 million and 50 million of the “OLED iPhone” would be assembled in the upcoming year, though only 2 million to 4 million units are expected to be built this quarter. Kuo gave some insight into how involved Samsung is in the production process – it’s providing some parts, including an OLED panel and OLED… Read full this story
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