Samsung has finally found an agreement with Apple for the use of its Y-OCTA OLED panels. According to the ETNews, Samsung will be the exclusive OLED supplier for the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
This panel is basically an OLED panel that has a touch function built-in. A touch sensor is placed on top of thin-film encapsulation inside of a panel. The touch function in the past attaches a touch film on a panel. Because the on-cell touch OLED panel does not require a separate film, it can lead to a thinner display and reduce production cost.
Samsung Display succeeded in commercializing the on-cell touch OLED panel, which is called ‘Y-OCTA’ technology according to Samsung Display when it supplied the panel to Samsung Electronics.
Because Apple saw the strengths of the on-cell touch OLED panel and Samsung Display is the only company that can mass-produce this panel, Apple has requested supplies of 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch OLED panels from Samsung Display.
“Although Apple had been sticking with film touch method since its first iPhone, Samsung Display has succeeded in drawing a change from Apple by actively promoting Y-OCTA technology to Apple.” said a representative for the industry. “It is heard that Samsung Display also suggested shocking terms in order to obtain an order from Apple.”
Apart from the two iPhone 1 Pro models, Apple will also unveil two additional iPhones in 2020. The long-awaited iPhone SE 2 with a 4.7-inch LCD screen and the vanilla iPhone 12 with a 6.1-inch OLED. Unlike the Pro models, Apple will source OLED panels for the iPhone 12 from both Samsung and LG.