KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a new report that the supply of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 is "controlled wholly by Samsung", allowing the South Korean tech giant to charge high prices for the component. These devices will feature LCD display panels, unlike the OLED panels in iPhone 8. According to its numbers, Huawei knocked Apple out of second place in both June and July, despite a mid-summer spike in iPhone sales driven by the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as a refreshed iPhone 6.
Eventually, Apple iPhone 8 pre-orders is speculated to be taken by the company on Friday, Sept 15, following the global debut.
Given the number of iPhone units Apple intends to sell, a heavy reliance on Samsung is placed, which puts it in a powerful position. "This is also why Apple is in urgent need of finding a second source of OLED". LG just jumped back into mobile OLED displays with the V30, but it can't supply Apple with the millions of displays it needs. This standalone product can give Apple an edge in the wearable segment.More news: Oxlade-Chamberlain: 'Inspirational' Jurgen Klopp key to Liverpool move
Rumours are rife that Apple is making some serious effort to cut down on its dependence on Samsung for OLED screens.
Of course, it's also possible this is all a ruse, but as LetsGoDigital points out, KPN is a major telecommunication company in The Netherlands. Largan Precision, a company that is involved in the manufacturing of Apple's cameras, will reportedly produce cameras that are more than 12 megapixels. Apple is also said to be betting big on augmented reality (AR) technology.
One interesting detail: Kuo forecasts that Canon Tokki is the sole provider of critical "evaporation equipments" to Samsung, as Bloomberg previously reported. That is the day when Apple will hold an event and might very well launch their new iPhone line, Apple Watch Series 3 and the 4K Apple TV.
You might ask yourself why we believe the new smartphone will have a different name.