Apple single biggest buyer of high-resolution smartphone LCDs

Apple single biggest buyer of high-resolution smartphone LCDs

Summary: Apple will purchase 96 million iPhone 5 panels along with a further 98 million iPhone 6 panels during 2014, accounting for 37 percent of all LTPS and oxide smartphone LCDs.

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Apple will buy fully 37 percent of all high resolution LCDs using low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) and oxide TFT technologies for smartphones this year, with Chinese brands grabbing up another 36 percent.

(Source: NPD DisplaySearch)

These are findings of the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile Phone Display Shipment and Forecast Report. The report goes on claim that LTPS and oxide TFT LCDs will comprise 26 percent of all mobile phone panel shipments this year, an increase of 8 percentage points from 2013 as more manufacturers move to high-resolution displays. The older amorphous silicon (a-Si) LCDs are expected to continuing losing share. 

Overall, 467 million LTPS and 42 million oxide LCD panels are forecast to ship this year.

"Apple is expected to debut the new iPhone 6 next month, which will create additional demand for LTPS LCDs," said Hiroshi Hayase, vice president of NPD DisplaySearch. "In fact, Apple’s iPhone and China’s emerging smartphone brands are the most important forces driving the rise in LTPS and oxide LCD shipments."

Since Apple’s iPhones only uses LTPS LCD for the iPhone, this makes it the largest user of this high-resolution form of TFT LCD. The Cupertino giant is expected to purchase 96 million iPhone 5 panels along with a further 98 million iPhone 6 panels during 2014, accounting for 37 percent of all LTPS and oxide smartphone LCDs.

"Because of the booming market for LTPS LCD in China, we can expect panel makers to continue expanding their LTPS capacities; however, the capacities of JDI, Sharp, LG Display and other leading suppliers only serve Apple." Hayase said.

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  • AMOLED?

    Nice try Adrian, and I'm a committed iPhone user, but isn't this a bit deceptive? Not discussing AMOLED screens in MANY other phones, mostly Samsung - makes Apple's position to appear to be more significant than it is.
    dksmidtx
    • You can always spot...

      ...an article written by an Apple fanboy. Percentage of AMOLED screens purchased by the evil xenophobic corp: 0 percent.

      See how easy it is?

      Lies, white lies and statistics. You should be ashamed of calling yourself a journalist.
      siskol
  • I call BS

    Samsung only 3.5% on this pie chart, and Samsung smartphones less than Sony??? This data is either bogus or skewed for Apple bias.
    Sean Foley
    • yep.........

      ...........Kingsley-Hughes is such a fool.
      johnafish
    • Or just stupid...

      The data is about purchasing of displays.

      The first line claims

      "Apple will buy fully 37 percent of all high resolution.."

      But fails to say that this is only 37% of the ones that are purchased.

      Samsung doesn't purchase many displays because Samsung makes then itself so they never appear in the statistics of displays sold.
      Henry 3 Dogg
  • Im surprised samsung buy any.

    Why would they. Most are made in house and many are amoled. I hate this cheap journalism where the author tries to use only half the stats to make apple look better. Why choose only one screen type that is used. . Not all. The result would then be fair.
    spudwood
    • copied data

      I know he's copied data but why not use that data then be a good journo and find out the amoled figures and do a proper contrast. This took no work whatsoever.
      spudwood
  • Try this headline instead

    APPLE DON'T BUY ANY PERCENTAGE OF WORLD AMOLED SCREEN SALES. SAMSUNG HAS MAJORITY.
    HOW BIASED IS THAT TOO.
    spudwood
    • Or this one

      APPLE CONTINUES TO INVEST HEAVILY IN OLDER LCD TECHNOLOGY WHILE THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY MIGRATES TO NEWER, POWER EFFICIENT ORGANIC LED'S.
      gomigomijunk
  • Its all about "he said, she said" journalism...

    The truth is often buried...
    Owl:Net
  • Apple is the biggest user of Apple spec' LCD's

    Not really a surprise is it?
    johnafish
  • Apple are the biggest buyer while.....

    ....Samsung are the biggest manufacturer AND user of high resolution smartphone LCD's
    johnafish