Apple is expected to launch new iPhone models at this year’s September event. Rumors regarding this year’s models have been out there for months, hinting at new features and design changes. Most rumors say that Apple will continue to announce three new iPhone models this year, including an iPhone X Plus, a 6.1-inch device, and a 5.8-inch model.
Sources say that the iPhone X Plus will replace the current iPhone X, meaning that it will come with premium components. Reports claim that the X Plus will use OLED display panel, just like the iPhone X. However, Apple will upgrade the display to offer a higher pixel density and a better picture quality.
Samsung is currently Apple’s main supplier of OLED panels. The South Korean firm is now ready to provide Apple with hundreds of millions of OLED units for future iPhones. Last year, Apple encountered supply issues that forced it to push back the release date of the iPhone X to November.
Apple has been looking for more suppliers to meet the huge demand for its next iPhone models. According to the latest reports, LG Display will join Apple’s supply chain this year. This goes in line with what we heard in previous rumors that LG Display secured a deal with Apple to supply the latter with 4 million OLED units.
In reality, LG Display is now providing OLED panels for Apple Watch. LG is opening up new facilities to meet Apple’s orders for OLED displays. Sources say that LG will share volume with Samsung this year. Apple is expected to ship more than 4 million iPhone X on launch day.
Sources say that the iPhone X Plus will have OLED display panel only, while two other devices will stick to LCD panel. However, all devices will have wireless charging and dual camera setup. In reality, the iPhone X Plus is expected to feature a triple camera setup to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which is set for August release. Apple is investing $2.7 billion in LG Display to set up the production line for OLED display panels.
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