Apple’s iPhone 12 series is the first in the series to use OLED screens for all models.
Samsung Display and LG Display, which supplied OLED panels last year, saw shipment grow for 2020 thanks to Apple’s OLED push.
Cupertino is offering four models for the iPhone 12 __ 5.4-inch iPhone Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max.
LG Display supplied OLED panels for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 while the rest of the models used Samsung Display’s.
Apple is expected to produce 70 million iPhone 12s by the end of the year, people familiar with the matter said. Smartphone makers usually produce 10% in display panels so OLED panels produced by Samsung Display and LG Display will likely be around 80 million units.
LG Display is expected to produce around 20 million units and Samsung Display 60 million units.
This will be a quadruple increase for LG Display __ which only supplied 5 million units of OLED panels to Apple last year. For Samsung it is a 20% increase from last year’s 50 million units.
LG Display is expected to post a profit in the third quarter thanks to its supply deal with Apple.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max boasts a 2778×1284(458ppi) resolution. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro’s are 2532×1170(460ppi). The iPhone 12 Mini has a resolution of 2340×1080(476ppi).
China’s BOE was also aiming to supply OLED panels but iPhone 12 but was rejected by Apple in the first half of 2020. BOE may still be approved as a panel supplier later this year for the refurbished iPhone 12.
Apple first applied OLED panels to its iPhones with the iPhone X in 2017. It has only used liquid crystal display (LCD) panels prior to that.
The iPhone 11 series last year had three models __ two of them used OLED panels.
Morgan Stanley last week said it expected Apple to ship 220 million iPhones next year.