The iPhone 13 is getting closer to unveiling, and so the factories are already hard at work. After the chips, the displays go into production
Behind the launch of any new smartphone there are always a series of preliminary operations. Often we do not think about it, but for example the mass production of the units that will be sold in the first days starts several months before the presentation. This is the case of the iPhone 13, whose presentation is just a few months away and whose preparations have already started.
To hear the rumors, the production chain is already fully operational on several fronts. If the mass production of the chip of the iPhone 13, which presumably will be called Apple A15 Bionic, would have started in early May in the factories of TSMC, now another rumor coming from Korea says that recently came the start for the OLED displays to equip the iPhone 13. The screens of the new smartphone Apple would already be in production in the factories of Samsung and LG, the two suppliers to which Apple has entrusted the order for the iPhone of the last generations.
Factories in turmoil for iPhone 13 displays
An insider has confided to The Elec, a Korean magazine, that "Samsung Display started production of iPhone 13 displays in mid-May, while LG Display did it recently".
Samsung has therefore moved a week earlier than LG, and probably the reason lies in the quantity of panels ordered by Apple. The rumors speak in fact of an initial supply by Samsung of 80 million displays, while 30 million would be those supplied by LG, which would then integrate the production capacity missing to Samsung.
In addition, it is said that Apple's biggest rival is the only supplier of OLED LTPO displays, an acronym that summarizes the broader definition of Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide, with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz.
iPhone 13: a lot of Samsung, a little bit LG
If things were really like that, it would mean that Samsung displays would equip iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, while the OLED LTPO screens produced by LG would be intended for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, since according to rumors the latter will keep the refresh rate stable on the classic 60 Hz.
The LTPO OLED panels of the two most powerful and expensive iPhones are said to have 15 to 20 percent higher efficiency than the current ones, despite the doubling of the refresh rate.
And this of course would have a positive impact on battery life, a topic dear to all but especially to those who ask a lot to the smartphone during the day, a typical business use.
Finally, rumors have also anticipated that the iPhone 13 will have a notch of reduced size in which the position of the front camera and the earphone capsule has been reversed, while the system that ensures secure unlocking with the face - the FaceID - has been redesigned to reduce its size.