Korea’s ET News claims that Apple has contracted JOLED – a joint venture between Japan Display, Sony and Panasonic – to produce OLED panels for its next-generation iPads.
Similar rumours have appeared before, claiming pilot production in the second half of 2017 and mass-production shortly after. ET News’ source is a lot more aggressive with its claims – mass-production by the end of 2016.
JOLED will build a new G6 LTPS AMOLED fab to cope with Apple’s demand, according to the rumour. Monthly capacity will be 60,000 substrates, or 5.5 million 9.7″ tablet displays at 100% yield.
Apple’s choice of OLED for the Apple Watch suggests that the company will be more open to the same technology in its phones and tablets – however, recent yield issues with the watch could see the company think twice about any such move. (TA)