According to rumors, Apple may choose LG over Samsung for mass production of iWatch display panels with OLED technology.
After a few weeks of silence, the rumors are back in vogue on iWatch, Apple has plans to introduce iWatch sometime in 2014, and the rumors seem exciting because not only the wearable will equip an OLED screen by LG, but Apple might also say goodbye to Samsung.
According to a report by The Korea Herald, Apple and LG are in talks to tighten an exclusive agreement, in which the Korean giant will produce display panels for the Cupertino’s smartwatch. It won’t be regular LED with IPS technology nor of Sharp’s IGZO technology loved by Cupertino, but the OLED panel.
“LG Display has been in talks over flexible organic light-emitting diode panels for quite a while, and it looks like it will be sealing the deal with Apple,” an anonymous source told The Korea. The source has also added that Samsung won’t be a part of the project.
However, Apple is reportedly considering to have two suppliers — for safe side — and may place orders for the mass production of panels to RiTDisplay and LG may have very limited chances in the deal.
Moreover, if rumors are believed, Samsung won’t be the part of iWatch development despite of years of experience on the field of OLED and AMOLED panels. It could be a way to keep the rival away cleverly because Samsung is promoting its own Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and Apple wouldn’t want to disclose its iWatch plans.
At the moment, we don’t have any info about iWatch features, and a conceivable release date may lie in 2014. The tech specs aren’t even the subject of speculation yet. It’s being said that Apple wants to revolutionize the smartwatch market by offering a wearable product with features never seen before. However, it’s almost certain that the device will be aimed to pair with existing iDevices such as iPhone or iPad.