Samsung, a key component supplier to Apple’s iPhone, iPad and Mac, announced a major plan Tuesday to stop production of traditional LCD panels by the end of 2020 and move to OLED display technology across the board, along with other smartphone makers.
Announcing the plan, a spokesman for Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, said it would terminate all LCD production lines in South Korea and China by the end of 2020, Reuters reported.
Samsung Display announced the closure of a LCD plant in South Korea last October because of weak demand. However, the company will still be able to deliver LCD products to customers by the end of 2020.
Over the next five years, the South Korean electronics giant will invest heavily in transforming one of its two LCD plants in South Korea into a production base for quantum dot displays, but has yet to decide what to do with its two LCD plants in China.
When used in conventional hardware such as LED-backlit LCD panels, quantum dots emit a fairly narrow spectrum when exposed to energy from a normal blue backlight, making them the primary choice for display manufacturers.
In addition, the quantum dot LCD panel is structured like a traditional LCD screen, adding a quantum tube or film next to or above the backlight LED.
Previously, Samsung had worked for Apple on LCD screens for products such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. But demand for traditional LCDs has fallen sharply as the Cupertino tech giant and other smartphone brands turn to OLED.
Samsung has now filled most of the OLED screen orders needed for Apple’s flagship iPhone model and Apple Watch, with the remainder being filled by LG, the South Korean-based rival.
There have been recent reports that BOE will also enter Apple’s supply chain in 2020 or 2021. It is also rumoured that Apple will soon launch at least six new devices with mini LED screens.
As another LCD-based technology evolution, it enhances the display quality of the LCD with highly specific local dimming, resulting in a better color reproduction experience for users.