Apple Reportedly Working On Foldable Phone With LG Display

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Apple has been rumored to be working closely with LG Display for a foldable iPhone but it has been reported that the California-based giant is going to keep out Samsung from the entire project.

The news comes in a report from The Investor who has revealed that Apple and LG are developing a foldable display for a future smartphone. The tech major is reportedly collaborating with LG Display on a foldable handset. The feature that stood out the most when Apple introduced iPhone X was its TrueDepth camera and Face ID 3D laser face-scanning technology.

Patently Apple posted a report back in December 2016 titled "Korean Report Wildly Speculates that LG is Working with Apple, Google & Microsoft to Deliver Foldable Devices by 2018". At the moment, Samsung now supplies the OLED panels for Apple's new iPhone X.

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LG has recently started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.

LG is said to be working on a new production plant in Paju, South Korea, dubbed E6. Sources say the two firms have tentatively agreed on the investment but details have not yet been finalized. If the rumor is true, a foldable OLED smartphone is on the way.

The LCD-screen iPhone 8 series phones, which have display sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches, went on sale September 22.

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Apple pushed aside the traditional 3D Touch Home button which unlocked smartphones through fingerprint scans and made a decision to opt for a more futuristic face scanning software.

In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the Face ID will be featured in the iPad in an effort to bridge the gap between iPad and iPhone users.

The production of the display panels is expected to kick start in 2020, suggesting that the launch of a foldable iPhone could take place in 2021, three years after Samsung's first foldable smartphone, which is rumoured to debut as early as next year.

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