Apple is rumoured to adopt OLED displays that use low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology. The new panels are expected to be incorporated into the higher-end models of next year’s iPhone 13.
Korean outlet The Elec is reporting that LG Display is expanding its production rate of OLED panels to supply for Apple. The company has two existing factory lines (E6-1 and E6-2) in Paju, South Korea. Currently, the lines are able to produce 5,000 panels per month. However, the LG Display aims to produce 25,000 per month through the expansion. Additionally, it’s been reported that a third factory line (E6-3) will begin construction once the former lines are expanded.
The two existing factory lines have been said to begin supplying panels for the iPhone 13 in 2021. Though, a second expansion is being reported, which is expected to be aimed towards the iPhone 14 in 2022. Following a similar model as the iPhone 12, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to ship four models of the iPhone 13 next year. It’s believed that LG Display’s LTPO panels will be incorporated into the two higher-end Pro models.
Adopting LTPO panels will be crucial for Apple, especially if the company wishes to deliver Pro Motion displays for its mobile line. The technology allows a VRR of 120Hz for a smooth display and is able to optimize battery life. LTPO displays can already be seen on the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6.