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Apple in Talks With Sharp to Supply OLED Displays for Next-Generation iPhones

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Apple is said to be in talks with Japanese electronics maker Sharp to create OLED displays for next-generation iPhones, with the ultimate outcome of the deal depending on Sharp's capacity to output a large amount of displays (via The Osaka-based company would be one of a handful of OLED suppliers for Apple, and the deal is said to originate from the Cupertino company's "desire to increase the number of suppliers for OLED screens" for a number of future devices. The rumor of Apple's negotiations with Sharp followed a on Friday that said the electronics manufacturer is set to spend $570 million on OLED panel production. Sharp will use the funds to purchase equipment for OLED production in its Osaka and Mie factories, with the ultimate goal to start production "by June 2018." According to some watching the negotiations, Apple is encouraging Sharp to enter the OLED business. ? Quote "Apple has unofficially or as a nod encouraged Sharp to go into it," said Amir Anvarzadeh, Singapore-based head of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc., in a phone interview. "Apple's general strategy is to increase the competition on the supply side, and dilute the risk exposure to one company." "This investment is in response to what Apple is doing," said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo. "Production isn't likely to begin until the second half of 2018, so the impact to profit won't be until after that."Click to expand... Earlier in the year, Sharp was by another Apple supplier, Foxconn, in a $6.2 billion takeover that saved the former company from a string of financial losses and $4.3 billion in debt, which Foxconn was reported as prepared to take on. The


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