Back in November 2014, it has been revealed that Foxconn is planning on spending $2.6 billion over the next two years on a brand new display factory, which will begin the mass production of panels exclusively for Apple, by the end of 2015. At that time, details on what kind of displays will be produced were scarce, but now a new report reveals that Foxconn’s new plant will supply Apple with OLED panels.
Reportedly, Foxconn and Innolux are now working on putting the ecosystem together, which will allow the production of sixth-gen low temperature poly-silicon films, aimed at entering mass production in 2016. More details after the break.
Foxconn’s New Display Factory To Supply Apple with OLED Panels
According to a fresh report from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun – one of the leading newspapers in Japan – Foxconn is going to use its newly funded display factory to produce OLED panels. Since the factory is said to be utilized exclusively for producing components for Apple, it’s pretty self-explanatory that these OLED panels will be shipped to Cupertino. The current goal is to put the OLED panels into limited production in 2016, while Foxconn Japan RD Co. will be responsible for research in manufacturing, technology and equipment of OLED displays.
It’s also interesting to note that, according to the source, these OLED displays will be used for smartphones and wearables. This raises quite a few important question in regards to Apple’s future plans, not only because LG is currently the main supplier of panels for the iWatch (Apple’s only wearable at this point), but also due to the fact that so far Apple has only used LCD displays in the production of its iPhones. Could it be that Apple might consider switching to OLED displays in the next couple of years? Only time will tell.