Samsung Display, a key supplier to Apple, is intensifying its involvement in Apple's foldable projects. Recent reports indicate a strategic restructuring within Samsung Display's team dedicated to Apple businesses aimed at maximizing operational efficiency in the production of state-of-the-art foldable panels.
The collaboration between Samsung Display and LG Display on projects for Apple's foldable devices marks a decisive step. The aim is to summarize the extensive knowledge gained through the production of Samsung's foldable devices since 2019, contributing to the improvement of skills in anticipation of Apple's foray into the foldable space, as reported by The Elec.
The joint efforts between Samsung Display and LG Display specifically involve the development of panels with dimensions of 20.25 inches. However, the precise application of this panel size remains uncertain, and the question of whether it is intended for a specific product or relates to the production process itself is raised.
Apple's journey into foldable display technology has been marked by numerous patent applications. Rumors in September 2020 suggested that Samsung had provided Apple with samples of foldable displays for a potential upcoming foldable iPhone. However, there was no concrete evidence to support the idea that Apple intended to use Samsung's technology until now.
Bloomberg's report in 2021 hinted at Apple's initial move towards an iPhone with a foldable screen, though the focus was only on the display aspect. By the end of 2021, Apple had yet to produce full prototypes of a foldable iPhone, leaving the final decision on the launch of a foldable device in limbo.
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo originally predicted the launch of a foldable iPhone in 2024. However, in 2022 he adjusted the forecast and suggested that Apple would likely delay the unveiling until 2025 or later. Display analyst Ross Young shares this view, pointing to 2025 as the earliest plausible timeframe for the introduction of a foldable iPhone.
As the collaboration between Samsung Display and LG Display gathers momentum, the tech world eagerly awaits Apple's next move in foldable devices.