While we are now still three months away from the iPhone 8 unveiling, rumors about Apple’s 2018 iPhone have started to heat up. According to the latest sources, Apple has begun sourcing components for the company’s iPhone 9, which is due to make its debut in September 2018.
Sources claim that LG Innotek will act as one of the main suppliers of key components used for the iPhone 9. Specifically, the South Korean firm will be providing flexible PCBs for the 2018 iPhone models. The Cupertino Company is planning to start the mass production of flexible PCBs at one of LG’s manufacturing plants from next year to meet the huge demand for the 2018 iPhone models.
According to a reliable source, LG Innotek has been working on flexible PCBs for years and the company is now ready to put things into action in their supply chains in the second half of the year. This comes as a surprise, as Apple has been sourcing components from LG’s main rival, Samsung for the current iPhone models. Tech analysts say that Samsung will join LG Innotek in Apple’s supply chains to provide components for the 2018 iPhone.
In reality, flexible PCBs are not new out there, as Samsung has started using flexible PCBs since the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung Display is now Apple’s main supplier of OLED panels for this year’s premium iPhone 8. In February, the South Korean firm secured a huge $4.3 billion deal to supply Apple with 60 million units of OLED panels for this year’s iPhone models. In April, Samsung and Apple sealed a two-year contract for the supply of millions of OLED displays for the next generation of the iPhone. Accordingly, Samsung will provide between 70 and 92 million OLED panels for the iPhone 8, which is due to make its debut in September this year.
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