We published an article yesterday that said Samsung was going to stop selling displays to Apple. The story was first reported by The Korean Times, who we consider to be a highly reliable source of information. Apparently they messed up, which means we messed up, so we want to apologize. Samsung reached out to C|Net to say that the article in the KT was 100% false. They even went so far as to say that they “never tried to cut the supply” to Apple.
So does this mean Apple and Samsung are in a healthy relationship? Absolutely not. Rumor has it that Apple is going to stop securing chips from Samsung and instead ask TSMC to manufacture their next generation parts. That’s not too surprising because Samsung also makes their own chips under the “Exynos” brand. We can’t imagine Apple being all too thrilled with giving the blueprints to their custom designed processors to Samsung.
Back to the KT story, we’re actually pretty disappointed that it turned out to be false because we were hoping that Samsung would start using their advanced LCD panels in their smartphones. Take the iPhone 5 for instance. It has a display that pushes 326 pixels per inch. Keeping the PPI constant, that would mean Samsung could make a 720p display that measures just 4.5 inches across, something that’s much more manageable than the 4.8 inch Galaxy S III.
We’re less than three months away from 2013, a year where we expect to see the term “flagship smartphone” get redefined yet again. If the HTC Butterfly is any indication of what we can expect to see, 1080p screens powered by quad core Qualcomm processors and 2 GB of RAM are going to become the norm. Can Samsung make a 1080p mobile phone display? We have our doubts they can scale OLED to such insane densities.