Being chosen as a supplier for Apple is a huge deal. Given how many millions of products the company sells, it also means that orders for companies are in the millions as well, which in turn means a lot of money. So far Samsung has been more or less monopolizing the OLED production for Apple’s iPhones, but it seems that Sharp wants a piece of that pie as well.
In a report from DigiTimes, it appears that Sharp is seeking to enter the supply chain and supply OLEDs to Apple for future iPhones. The company has reportedly rolled out its OLED panel line that has been designed for smartphones in mind in hopes of proving that they have the tech and facilities to help meet Apple’s needs.
There’s no questioning Samsung’s dominance in the mobile OLED space. The sheer scale at which it produces and supplies OLED displays to its own smartphone subsidiary and other manufacturers is unmatched. However, Sharp is now entering the arena with the AQUOS Zero. The company’s latest device will come with its own OLED display and Sharp also has plans to supply panels to other OEMs.
Osaka-based Sharp was acquired in 2016 by Foxconn and it has been on a road to recovery since then. It appears that the company might be thinking about returning to the PC business after quitting it eight years ago. Sharp has announced its decision to acquire Toshiba’s PC business for $36 million and some believe that this is the first step that the company is taking in its eventual return to the PC market.
Sharp confirmed in a statement today that it’s going to pay 4 billion yen or $35.47 million for an 80.1 percent stake in Toshiba’s PC business. The acquisition may allow Sharp to compete in the PC market directly once and given that it’s now owned by Foxconn, one of the biggest contract manufacturers on the planet, it may find it cheaper to manufacture the devices as well.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When the Tesla Model 3 appeared in production form last summer, the hype was already at a fever pitch after months — years, even — of anticipation. With hundreds of thousands of reservations already on the books, it appeared this could be the car that transforms Tesla from a startup to a true competitor. Then, crickets, for most customers anyway. Production delays have left customers frustrated and analysts speculative about the company's future. With that in mind, we found an owner lucky enough to have already received his Long Range Model 3 — and kind enough to let us drive it — and we traveled to Silicon Valley to see what all the hubbub is about.
Model 3 production is off to a slow start, but the first units produced are top-of-the-line, far above the $35,000 base price. The long-range battery ($9,000) normally provides 310 miles of driving range, but the 19-inch wheels ($1,500) reduce that to 290 miles. The high-end interior includes heated power seats, premium audio, tinted glass roof, power heated and folding mirrors, LED fog lights, and integrated smartphone docking. Our tester was also equipped with Advanced Autopilot, worth $5,000, which to quote Tesla, "will match speed to traffic conditions, keep within a lane, automatically change lanes, transition from one freeway to another, exit the freeway and self-park at your destination." It also includes the promise, "Additional features will roll out over time through software updates." Total price on our tester: $57,500 including a grand in destination charges. Later this year, Tesla expects to begin producing the smaller-battery Model 3s, which start at $35,000 and offer 220 miles of range.
Some of the technical advantages of LED versus LCD technology are clear enough to see why LED display technology is the way of the future, at least for now. It is also why it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple start to incorporate more OLED displays into its other products as well, going beyond iPhones.
What this means is that Apple will need a lot of components, and this is something that both Sharp and LG are looking to take advantage of. In a report from DigiTimes (via 9to5Mac), it seems that both Sharp and LG are competing with each for Apple's OLED orders, which if the rumors are true could be used in more than one iPhone this year.