Apple’s iPhone X may be the company’s biggest revolution since it began making smartphones but more is still to come. A report from South Korea says that the Cupertino-based company is working on a foldable iPhone set for 2020.
The report says that Apple is working with Korea’s LG Display to develop the foldable iPhone. LG Display will make the foldable screen for the phone, and its part making arm, LG Innotek will create the circuitry board for it.
LG Display is said to already have a flexible OLED display prototype and is working on making it better with respect to durability and yield rate.
This is not the first time LG has been linked to working with Apple. Before the release of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X (read ten), LG Innotek was linked as the supplier for the iPhone 8′ 3D facial recognition front camera. While that tech actually appeared in the iPhone X, there is no mention of who supplied the camera.
It is also surprising that the display is not coming from Samsung Display, the supplier for the iPhone X’s display. Samsung is also working on its own foldable smartphone set for launch next year, so it has the technology ready for market 2 years ahead of Apple. Sources however say that the reason is “due to concerns over tech leaks” at Samsung Electronics. Nevertheless, Samsung will supply the displays for next year’s iPhones.
LG will take over from Samsung in supplying displays come 2019 when it completes its new factory in Paju, Gyeonji Province. Apple is said to have offered direct investment in the plant so that it can gain its independence from Samsung Display.