According to The Korea Herald, Samsung’s display manufacturing arm will provide Apple with 100 million 5.5-inch OLED panels per year in a new three-year agreement worth $2.59 billion. The report indicates that the displays are going to skip this years iPhone 7, and make it way to the 2017 iPhone.
Back in early March there was speculation that Apple would reach out to both LG and Samsung to discuss OLED production for its 2017 iPhone model, but it seems unlikely that LG will play a part in the upcoming display process. LG has been a key partner for making panels for the iPhone in the past and just last year LG announced its plans to build an advanced OLED plant.
OLED delivers a better visual experience on a thinner screen, but is more difficult to produce than LED. This makes it harder for Apple to get a hold of panels needed for its devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. However it was reported almost a year ago that Samsung Display formed a team of 200 people to focus on Apple’s display needs, making it possible for Samsung to supply Apple with the number of panels it needs.
In contrast, KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an impressive track record regarding Apple rumors, claimed the 2017 iPhone will have a 5.8-inch AMOLED display and will feature both a curved front and back.