By David Richards | Thursday | 19/03/2009
Apple is set to launch new OLED notebooks and flat panel monitors along with a new OLED iPhone claim sources at LG in Korea.
It’s also believed that a new iPhone and iPod Touch due later this year will include an OLED screen made by LG who last year scored a multibillion dollar deal to manufacture display screens for Apple.
LG have also said that they intend to increase their R&D investment by 25% with significant investments going into OLED solar and new battery technology. The Company has told ChannelNews that they will invest over $3B into R&D over the next 18 months and that recently Apple paid the Company over $500M US dollars up front to work on new monitor and display technology.
Sources in Taiwan told ChannelNews last month that Apple were looking at an OLED based notebook that will also incorporate new touch screen technology. Now sources in Korea are saying that this information is correct and that one area where LG has been testing OLED panels is in the area of touch sensitivity and “leave behind finger marks”.
If this report proves to be correct, then it represents a much-requested move by Apple to enter the netbook market. lets hope that they get the price right this time rather than pricing it beyond what most folk could afford. I reckon if they price it below $750/£500 then it will create a whole new market for Apple, much like they did with the iPod and iPhone.
If they introduce an OLED iPhone then I think they will cause a tsunami in the mobile phone market. Again, lets hope that they price it an affordable level.
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