Scarcity Of OLED-Making Machines Could Impact iPhone 8 Production

Scarcity Of OLED-Making Machines Could Impact iPhone 8 Production
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Apple will apparently introduce at least one iPhone 8 model with a flexible OLED display in 2017, but there are reports that the U.S. firm is facing challenges in procuring this special display. To learn more about these challenges (if there are any), Bloomberg took a closer look at the Japanese company Canon Tokki, which manufactures machines that will probably be used to build the OLED displays for the iPhone.

Canon’s backlog could hurt Apple’s iPhone 8 dreams

Canon Tokki produces most of the machines that make OLED displays. Its ELVESS OLED machines stretch 328 feet in length and are used to deposit red, blue, and green pixels onto a glass surface using evaporating organic materials. Canon Tokki’s machines are known for lowering the margin of error and producing higher yields.

Canon Tokki has two years of backlog due to high demand for its machines, and it reportedly makes fewer than 10 of them per year. Apple is expected to use OLED displays manufactured by Samsung, which may already have these machines. So it is not clear how much impact Canon Tokki’s backlog will have on Apple’s production.

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