LG and Apple may partner to make foldable displays for the iPhone

Apple teams up with LG Display for foldable iPhone

Apple and LG Display are in discussions to make a foldable OLED screen for the iPhone, reported CNET.

With both Samsung and LG working on folding phones it's likely that Apple will jump on board at some point, but a new rumor suggests the iPhone maker will be far later to market with one than its main competitor.

LG may begin supplying Apple with OLED displays as early as 2019, reports said, which may very well spell Apple's farewell bid to their partnership with Samsung.

That's according to The Bell, a news outlet in Korea, as translated by The Investor.

While the authenticity of the report can not be guaranteed at this time, Apple's design guru Jony Ive did however mention is a recent interview that Apple started working on the bezel-less iPhone X design 5 years ahead of its unveiling in September. The tech major is reportedly collaborating with LG Display on a foldable handset.

Samsung is now the sole manufacturer of the OLED displays, NAND flash and DRAM chip in quantities required by Apple for its iPhones.

Reports of a future iPhone with a foldable display surfaced past year as well when LG Display was said to begin mass-production of foldable smartphone displays in 2018, with Apple being one of the potential partners.

LG recently started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province, as per a CNN News18 report. A foldable phone would be another massive design overhaul for the iPhone, the latest iteration of which, the iPhone X, represents the biggest iPhone design switch in years.

Looks like Apple might lose the race against Samsung when it comes to releasing a foldable flagship but at least the company will know that its secrets are kept safe for the time being. On the other hand, Samsung is already ahead in the foldable phone race. Samsung's Galaxy X will reportedly launch in 2018. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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