According to a recent report, LG Display has been commissioned by Apple to develop a panel destined for a foldable iPhone. Once everything is set in motion, the Korean manufacturer will supply the Cupertino tech giant with foldable OLED panels.
This is not the first time that whispers have been heard regarding the foldable iPhone, and also not the first time that LG has been linked to the production of the display. A rumor was heard back in 2017 that an LG “task force” was working on flexible displays for the iPhone. The rumor did not come to fruition.
LG and Apple are working on foldable iPhone
The report comes from DigiTimes. As per the report, LG Display has been commissioned to help Apple with the development of a foldable OLED display panel for an iPhone. However, it is not yet clear whether LG will keep on supplying Apple with the display panel for mass production once it has been developed.
Previously, Foxconn was rumored to be Apple’s choice for a supplier for an OLED foldable display, and last month Apple began testing foldable iPhones at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen. According to that report, Apple is testing two different panels connected by a hinge.
Samsung has also been rumored to be Apple’s choice of supplier for an OLED foldable display, and the company was rumored to have provided Apple with a large number of foldable display samples for testing last year.
Since Apple has utilized both LG and Samsung’s displays in previous and current iPhone models, it might be possible that it is either testing out both and may provide the display by both suppliers. But, at this point, we do not know anything for certain. If one thing is guaranteed, it is that if LG is supplying Apple LTPs screens for the upcoming iPhone 13 line-up, then Apple might have some use for the display maker in this regard.
It was also reported recently that Apple is hoping to launch a foldable iPhone with a 7-inch OLED display and Apple Pencil support by 2023. Apple has been involved in foldable devices since 2016, but rumors regarding a foldable iPhone have increased in recent months, which could suggest that the device may be gaining momentum behind the curtains.