Apple to secure iPhone LCD sourcing with plant investment

By on December 14, 2010, 10:00 AM
Apple is reportedly making a move to ensure its iDevices keep rolling off production lines. According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, the company is expected to share $1.2 billion in costs with Toshiba subsidiary Toshiba Mobile Display in order to build a new LCD production plant in Japanís Ishikawa prefecture, which will primarily supply high resolution, low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCDs to Apple. Work on the plant is scheduled start early next year, while the facility isnít expected to start production until the second half of 2011 and products using its displays will likely arrive in 2012.


Apple hasnít commented on the rumors but the company may very well need the extra capacity. Although it has a multi-year deal with LG Display that covers a variety of panels, including the 640x960 Retina Display used on the iPhone 4, the latter has struggled to keep up with demand. Once the new factory is up and running at capacity its output should reach around 17 million units per month, which will certainly help Apple meet demand for its popular smartphone.




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tonylukac said:

Hail to Japan but why doesn't Apple, an American company who sells expensive products and can afford the overhead, build in the USA?

princeton princeton said:

tonylukac said:

Hail to Japan but why doesn't Apple, an American company who sells expensive products and can afford the overhead, build in the USA?

Because they know their idiotic fans don't check the specs or build location/quality of their products. If it has the apple logo or the "i" prefix they buy it.

princeton princeton said:

P.S.

What the ****? For phones AMOLED is better, After getting the Galaxy S I'll take an AMOLED panel at 800x480 over the 960x640 LCD in the iphone any day.

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