Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Apple may sack-off Samsung to pursue iPhones with foldable OLED displays

Apple may sack-off Samsung to pursue iPhones with foldable OLED displays

The patent describes a display that can be opened and closed like book.

According to the patent application, the foldable electronic gadget could come in the form of a laptop, desktop computer, mobile phone, or wristwatch.

"An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded". This could dispel earlier rumors that the company was working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone. After all, the iPhone generates maximum revenue for the Cupertino company. If the latest reports are to be believed, Apple is working on a device allegedly called the Apple iPhone XI S Plus, which is a likely continuation of the trend started by the Apple X. We had earlier reported that the Apple iPhone X would be the flagship model of the company this year and not the iPhone 8. LG Display is also said to be partnering with Google and Microsoft to manufacture "out-foldable" OLED displays.

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"The screen will include pixel arrays formed from components of the liquid crystal panel (LCD), electrophoretic pixels, organic light emitting pixels with led backlight, pixels formed from crystals of semiconductor LEDs electrically display pixel or pixels based on other technologies", - stated in the document. As per the patent application, the future iPhone display could be folded and unfolded in use. By this time, Apple will likely have moved ahead with microLED screens.

According to representatives from multiple industries on the 27th, BOE has set a plan to use its B11 line, which is located in Sichuan, and B12 line that is now in an investment process as production lines exclusively for Apple.

Rival Samsung is also said to be working on a foldable display for a product rumoured to be titled "Galaxy X". Well, Samsung could take advantage of this opportunity as much as possible because a Chinese OLED manufacturer might take it away from the former. For example, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is an expert on Apple products, has claimed that at least one of the 2018 Apple iPhone models could have a 6.5-inch OLED display.

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