Samsung will reportedly provide foldable display patterns for a potential future iPhone at Apple’s request, according to the leaker “Ice Universe,” which shared the information on Weibo today.
The “large number” of foldable displays will be an example of use in cell phones, and Samsung will apparently supply the devices to Apple for a year. The leaker also appeared to emphasize the immediacy of this development, possibly suggesting that the order will begin soon.
Last year it was reported that Samsung was shipping its foldable display technology to other companies, including Apple, in hopes of placing orders. The new leak could indicate that Apple is now testing foldable devices in more depth after testing the first samples last year. Some sources have suggested that a foldable “iPhone” could hit the market as early as next year.
Samsung has been a major supplier to Apple in the past, supplying the OLED screens for iPhones. The company intends to dominate the foldable display market as a supplier and has considered increasing production to 10 million units per year depending on demand.
Apple is known to have been working on the foldable display technology for some time and has filed several patents related to the technology. Rumors of LG’s potential involvement are also circulating.
The repeated indication of Samsung’s participation and orders by Apple offers a more concrete indication that work on a foldable “iPhone” will continue quickly.