Apparently, Samsung Display and LG Display have already started production of the OLED panels for Apple’s new iPhone, namely the iPhone 13, which will be launched later this year.
Compared to last year, when the iPhone 12 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the “manufacturing” of the iPhone 13 got delay.
The series iPhone 13 should arrive in 4 models and the two variants of high-end should use the OLED Thin Film Transistor (TFT panels) in the oxide at low temperature polycrystalline (LTPO) of Samsung. These screens are capable of supporting refresh rates up to 120Hz, which means Apple will finally introduce the high refresh rate display in its next line of iPhone.
LG Display, on the other hand, will be supplying its low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) OLED TFT panels to lower-end iPhone 13 models, which are likely to stay at 60Hz.
Samsung plans to produce 80 million OLED panels for Apple’s new range of phones, while LG Display is expected to make 30 million units.
It is worth mentioning that Apple faced significant supply chain delays last year, which delayed the launch of the iPhone 12; moreover, the Cupertino giant was also slightly unprepared in dealing with the high demand for its iPhones of 2020. To ensure the total availability of its smartphones arriving in 2021, therefore, Apple has already asked its suppliers to start the production of the various parts of the iPhone 13.