Foxconn, one of the leading contract manufacturers Apple is taking advantage of its acquisition of Sharp as the Japanese giant plans to establish a production line of OLED's in Zhengzhou, a city of 6 million people in an impoverished region of northern China, as provided by a report that was quoted today in a DigiTimes publication.
Sharp will invest about 100 billion yen, or about $ 864 million to establish the production line OLED screens with mass production scheduled to begin in 2019.
It is worth mentioning that Foxconn assembles the iPhones at the Zhengzhou (China) plant so it is quite safe to assume that Sharp's expanding OLED capability will aim to supply OLED panels for upcoming iPhone models.
Japan supplier Sakai Display Products has reportedly invested $ 57 billion to establish an OLED test production line and will begin manufacturing in volume in 2018.
A recent report by The New York Times that delved into the inner workings of the iPhone manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou Foxconn has revealed that the plant can produce half a million iPhones per day to the fullest.
Known as the "iPhone city" by locals, the Zhengzhou plant is responsible for half of the world production of Apple smartphones.
It seems that Apple has the idea of implementing OLED screens to a next generation of iPhones, which although the decision comes a little late, would allow the company to offer smartphones with a longer battery life (thanks to the low consumption of These screens), in addition to providing deeper blacks and other colors with greater vividness.