It has been rumored that Apple will use a 120Hz refresh rate low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) panel on the upcoming iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. ProMotion technology, which debuted on the iPad Pro in 2017, and Samsung will become the sole supplier of LTPO screens. In fact, before the launch of the iPhone 12 series, there was already similar news.
According to The Elec
report, Samsung has begun production of the LTPO panels used in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. On the other hand, LG Display, another iPhone panel supplier, will also start producing OLED screens for the new generation of iPhone 13 series phones. The difference is that LG’s panels will be used on two relatively low-end iPhone 13 models. Samsung’s progress is about ten days faster than LG, but the production time of the two manufacturers is about one month earlier than in previous years.
The report quoted people familiar with the matter and pointed out that Samsung and LG were produced in advance due to Apple’s request. The reason why Apple has such a requirement is that the global coronavirus epidemic is severe this year, and the semiconductor industry is in serious shortage. Apple hopes that the supply chain will stock up on spare parts for the new iPhone as soon as possible to avoid insufficient inventory when the new phone is released, which may affect sales. Recently, certain models of Apple products have also encountered supply problems, resulting in longer delivery times.
Market research company Omdia predicts that Samsung will produce 110 million OLED panels for Apple, LG will produce 50 million, and BOE may have 9 million. Samsung will use the A3 OLED panel production line for production, and LG will use the E6 production line, and its yield rate will remain around 80%. LG has considered using part of the E5 production line, but Apple disagrees with this approach.