We reported in April that the Apple Watch Series 5 may have an OLED screen produced by Japan Display, which would represent a new onslaught by the Asian vendor. And recently, a report from China reiterates the information.
According to Chinese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, about 20% of Apple’s new smartwatch screens will come from Japan Display, which faces financial recovery due to low demand for LCD screens.
It is not yet clear whether the analyst has received new information from the supply chain, but Kuo believes the percentage will increase steadily until within two years this share is almost full.
It is noteworthy that the same analyst previously predicted that Apple Watch would come with ceramics, something that was not present in the Apple Watch Series 4, due to poor sales, production problems or beliefs of Apple itself.
Japan Display, which combines the arms of Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba, wants to compete with competitors such as Samsung and LG Display, although it has been hampered in this struggle by heavy investments in LCD production and the late switch to OLED.
This caused the company to fall in its profits. However, after a year of debate, the company raised funds to launch a $ 738 million bailout. About 100 million help is likely to come from Apple, which is Japan Display’s main customer. Even without OLED orders, apple demand accounted for about 60 percent of the company’s revenue for the fiscal year 2018.