Apple’s long-term display manufacturer, LG Display is awaiting the tech giant’s approval to manufacture low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) OLED for iPhone 14 Pro Max. The tech giant will make a decision in two weeks’ time to give LG’s panels a green signal for mass production or make more improvements.
The Cupertino tech giant uses the advanced LTPO OLED panels in iPhone’s Pro lineup and uses low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) in standard or base models which are easier to manufacture.
LG seeks Apple’s green signal to supply more than 10 million units for iPhone 14 Pro LTPO OLED panels
According to Elec, LG Display is commercializing its LTPO thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED for the first time. Therefore, the panels faced problems in the thin-film encapsulation and the hole that is placed on top of the front camera.
The South Korean manufacturer has made changes to its production process to rectify the issue and is now waiting for Apple’s verdict to achieve the 10 million units mark for the latest iPhone 14 Pro models.
If Apple rejects the new samples within two weeks, LG Display will have to go through another similar process that will delay approval by another two weeks for a month.
If approved by early October, the South Korean company can start mass production right away, which will win it more orders.
It will be able to supply over 10 million units from newly produced batches from its E6 production line at Paju of up to 8 million units.
Currently, Samsung Display is supplying more display units for the new iPhone 14 series to Apple because it has more expertise in the (LTPO) OLED display tech than LG.
Rival Samsung Display is already manufacturing the panels for both iPhone 14 Pro Max and Pro. It has commercialized the technology back in 2020.