2017-09-11

Hardware Market for Mobile 3D Sensing Will Expand at a CAGR of 209% From 2017 to 2020, Says TrendForce

Major technology companies have been developing solutions and platforms for 3D sensing, which is expected to be featured on the upcoming iPhone devices. Market intelligence TrendForce anticipates that from 2017 onward, the market for 3D sensing solutions used in mobile devices will witness leaping growth. The total value of the global market for 3D sensing modules used in mobile devices is estimated to reach US$1.5 billion in 2017 and is forecast to grow at a massive CAGR of 209% to around US$14 billion in 2020. Note that the 3D sensing module that is being discussed includes IR transmitter and receiver components.
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2017-07-09

OLED Displays for All New iPhones in 2018? Sharp & JDI Might Find It Heart-Pounding

It has been spreading like crazy that in 2H17 three iPhone models- the high-end iPhone 8 featuring an OLED display, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus that continue to use LCD displays- will hit the shelves. Latest sources leaked Apple might increase OLED display use in its products and all the three new iPhones to roll out in 2018 are likely to sport OLED displays. That possibly implies orders Apple places with LCD display providers Sharp and Japan Display Inc. (JDI) would plummet. It will be much of a shock to JDI which earns over 50% of its revenue from Apple’s phone screen demand.
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2017-07-04

Apple Considering to Invest LG Display’s OLED Plant for iPhone Displays

It seems Apple is planning on finding one more source of OLED displays for its iPhone. The Korea Herald reported that last month Apple talked with LG Display to invest around USD 1.75-2.62 billion into its new OLED plant, called E6.
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2017-06-05

New iPhone 8, AR Glasses Rumors Leaked by Alleged Foxconn Insiders

Apple has been attracting a lot of media attention lately as rumors regarding its next-generation iPhone, new MacBook and AR glasses continue to swirl. A recent thread appeared on Reddit from supposed Foxconn insiders revealed some interesting details about the upcoming products, just days before the tech giant’s annual WWDC kicks off on Monday (June 5, 2017).
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2017-05-19

Exciting Upgrades Revealed for the Upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone

2017 marks an important year for Apple as it plans to release its new Apple Watch alongside the highly-anticipated next generation iPhone to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Although the tech giant has kept a low profile regarding the innovations it will bring to the market, there have been numerous rumors circulating around the devices already.
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2017-04-21

IR Sensor Modules for Mobile Devices to Reach US$145 Million in Scale This Year as Smartphones Adopt 3D Sensing for Facial Recognition Applications, Says TrendForce

Among the possible new technologies to be incorporated in this year’s refresh of the iPhone series, 3D sensing has generated a lot of interests in terms of applications. A 3D sensing solution requires an RGB camera module an infrared (IR) sensor module that uses VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) as a light source. With more high-end smartphones adopt 3D sensing, TrendForce estimates that the worldwide market scale of IR sensor modules for mobile devices will reach US$145 million in 2017.
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2017-03-08

Sharp to Expand OLED Production for New iPhone, chasing rival Samsung

Apple’s plan to adopt OLED panels for its next iPhone series has apparently led to a fierce competition between OLED makers. According to The Wall Street Journal, sources close to the matter confirmed that Japan’s Sharp will invest around 100 billion yen (USD 878 million) to expand OLED production to compete with its rival Samsung Electronics Co,.
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2017-03-07

Apple to Adopt OLED Displays on All iPhones by 2019

Apple is expected to release three new iPhone models later this year, and one of them will feature an OLED display. A new report from South Korea’s The Bell on Monday further suggests that Apple plans to shift all iPhones to OLED displays by 2019.
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2017-03-01

Apple’s New iPhone Rumored to Come with a Curved OLED Screen

With about six months left before Apple unveils its next generation iPhone, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive. An article from the Wall Street Jounral suggested that Apple would adopt a curved OLED display for one of its three smartphone models this year. 
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2017-02-22

New iPhone Production Volume to Exceed 100M Units This Year; AMOLED Model to Feature 3D Facial Recognition

The next major iPhone release will certainly be one of the most anticipated events in the global consumer electronics market in the second half of 2017. TrendForce’s recent findings on the 10th anniversary iPhone release reveal that Apple’s latest refresh of the device series will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMOLED display.
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2017-02-18

Foxconn Reportedly to Build A Plant in China for Joint OLED Production with Sharp

Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone has already caused quite a stir. There have been rumors that the company will roll out three new phones this year, including one with an OLED display. With this huge market opportunity, companies are now striving to join Apple’s supply chain.
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2017-02-15

Rumors: Samsung Supplies 160 Million OLED Displays to Apple

There have been rumors that Apple will switch to OLED screen for its iPhone 8. Those rumors seem to carry more weight after Apple reportedly ordered an additional 60 million OLED panels from Samsung, bring the total number to 160 million. This means that Samsung may become the main supplier for iPhone 8 displays.
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2016-11-18

Trump Presidency Might Pressure Apple to Move iPhone Production to U.S.

Apple is asking some of its key iPhone suppliers including Foxconn and Pegatron to shift production to U.S. following President Donald Trump’s policies promoting “made in America,” reported Nikkei Asian Review.
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2016-11-11

JDI Layoff 30% Workforce Amid Weak iPhone Demands

Small to mid-sized display manufacturer Japan Display Inc. (JDI) third quarter financial results were in the red, due to lower demands than expected from Chinese clients and its largest client Apple, reported Chinese-language media Money DJ.
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2016-08-24

Next Generation iPhone to Copy Samsung’s Curved OLED Screen Design?

Apple might be launching a premium iPhone model with a curved OLED screen display, similar to that seen in top competitor Samsung Electronics, reported Nikkei Asian Review.
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2016-06-24

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A lawsuit filed by Nichia against Tachibana Eletech and E&E Japan, which companies imported and/or sold Blue LEDs manufactured by a Taiwanese company, Everlight Electronics, the Tokyo District Court found that the importation/sale of those Blue LEDs by E&E and Tachibana constituted infringement of Nichia's patent. However, Everlight refuted that it respects the court’s judgement as JP3972943 expired on July 6, 2014. Therefore, the infringement will not have negative impact on the company’s products.
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2016-06-03

Applied Materials Capable of Sourcing 100 M Apple iPhones

A UBS analyst projected Applied Materials is capable of sourcing 100 million Apple iPhone screen, as the Cupertino based company pushes for OLED devices.
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2016-04-08

LG Display Injects US $1B in Construction of OLED Display Module Factory in Vietnam

LG Display announced that the company has inked a deal to construct a display module assembly factory in Hai Phong, Vietnam, reported Reuters.
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2016-03-23

Apple Granted New AMOLED Display Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple 59 patents including one related to AMOLED displays, reported Patently Apple.
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2016-03-03

Apple Receives New OLED Display Patent, Rumored to Launch OLED iPhone by 2017

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a flexible OLED display patent recently, reported MacRumors.
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2016-01-25

Japan Display Announces Mass Production of OLED Panels in 2018

Japanese OLED panel manufacturer Japan Display announced it will be mass producing OLED panels in 2018, which has led many tech media including Engadget and Apple Rumors to speculate Apple might be launching an OLED screened phone in the near future.
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2016-01-14

Apple and Samsung Display Close to Inking OLED Contract

A report from Korean media ET News pointed out that Samsung Display will be supplying flexible OLEDs for the next generation Apple iPhones.
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2015-08-24

iPhone 6s Leaked Photos Show Dual LED Flash Light

A Foxconn worker has confirmed the company has started assembling iPhone 6S, according to Japanese media iPhone Mania. There are a total of three new models, including iPhone 6c with a 4.7-inch screen, iPhone 6s with a 5 inch screen and iPhone 6s Plus with a 5.5 inch screen.
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2015-02-09

LEDinside: Sapphire Substrate Market Growth to Soar in 2015

After Apple abandoned using sapphire protective glass covers in the iPhone 6 last year, sapphire substrates have been viewed as the equivalent to market speculation in the investment market. Following GT Advanced Technology’s (GTAT) bankruptcy filing in early October 2014, the idea of applying sapphire material in consumer electronics has become ridiculed on the mainstream market.
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2014-10-23

Apple Turns to Taiwanese LED Suppliers for Smartwatch and iPhone Backlight

Taiwanese LED epiwafer manufacturers received backlight orders from Apple for iPhone products and the upcoming Apple Watch, according to a latest report by Chinese-language Liberty Times report.
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2014-10-08

GTAT Insolvency Marks Uncertain Future for Sapphire Cover Glass

U.S. sapphire furnace and sapphire manufacturer GTAT, the primary sapphire supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on October 6. As of September 29, GTAT reported having US $85 million in cash. Under the $578 million multi-year agreement GTAT and Apple signed last November, GTAT must supply a certain volume of sapphire ingots to Apple while Apple was to pay GTAT in four installments with the final $139 million payment scheduled for the end of October. But low sapphire yield rates have made Apple withhold the last payment. Additionally, GTAT lost an American Arbitration Association (AAA) lawsuit against Taiwanese sapphire manufacturer Tera Xtal Technology in August. AAA ruled GTAT should return payment totaling $ 24 million for faulty sapphire crystal growth furnaces, which greatly strained the firm’s finances.
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2014-05-12

Apple Patents Super Resolution Photo Technology

Apple has patented a super resolution photo technology that is capable of boosting resolution without the need of adding more megapixels recently, according to Apple Insider and several other reports.
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2014-05-06

LED Phonecase Harbors Electromagnetic Energy from iPhone

Conceptor, a product design team based in Kiev, Ukraine has come up with Lunecase, an elegant and smart LED iPhone case that is super energy efficient.
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2013-07-25

Taiwan-based Sapphire Plants to Benefit from the Shipment of Next iPhone in Q3

It has been reported that Apple's next iPhone will be shipped in September, and the news comes from the industry that Apple's biggest coating plant Bern optical has begun shipping to Apple and actively picking up goods from Sapphire suppliers, as the release of Apple's next iPhone is just around the corner and the shipment of LED lighting is in blessing season, sapphire is expected to increase in both price and volume in Q3, Taiwan-based Plants like ACME Electronics, Crystalwise Technology, ACTC will benefit more than others. Sapphire material has b...
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2012-10-23

GreenWave Reality Utilizes iPhone to Control LED Bulbs

GreenWave Reality’s Connected Lighting Solution has made a dream that wirelessly influence light bulbs’ color, brightness with iPhone come true. People reside in Europe can begin to enjoy such luxuries, as GreenWave Reality’s Connected Lighting Solution combine energy star certified LED bulbs with home’s wireless network, allowing you to control your abode’s lights with the touch of a smartphone (or tablet). Unlike like LIFX version, customers won’t be able to change the color, but probably can influence their brightness, and t...
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 “As the demands on our customer’s fixtures become more challenging, we need to ensure our Color portfolio enables them to meet these demands. This increase in flux across several key colors will give our customers a significa... READ MORE

Samsung Electronics announced a new family of chip-on-board LED lighting packages, labeled the “Samsung D-series Special Color.” 

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