Samsung is already known to be working on a foldable smartphone called Galaxy X that is likely to be launched next year. Now, it looks like Apple is also in plans to launch such a smartphone in the coming years.
Going be a recent report by The Investor citing industry sources, Apple is likely prepping a foldable iPhone in collaboration with LG Display. LG Display is said to have created a task force to develop an OLED screen that is foldable and this is said to be used on an iPhone that is expected to be launched in 2020. The report further points out that LG Innotek is also prepping flexible printed circuit board or RF PCB for the foldable iPhones.
The report goes on stating that the production of the foldable OLED panel will start in early 2019 so that the foldable iPhone might be launched in 2020.
It is speculated that LG has been prepping its own foldable OLED panels for years in order to achieve improved durability and yield rate. LG is also prepping to start a new production plant called E6 in Paju, South Korea. Some sources claim that Apple might invest in the new plant that LG is setting up to beef up the OLED panel production but the detail regarding this is scarce for now.
It is quite interesting to know that Apple might launch a foldable iPhone in the years to come but we need to know that Samsung has an edge over Apple in this product category. The Galaxy X with a foldable display is pegged to be launched in 2018 itself. The company is already circulating in rumors and speculations tipping that the foldable smartphones will be a limited edition model. For now, Samsung is said to be supplying the foldable panels to some China-based smartphone makers and its parent company as well.