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Samsung to provide displays for Apple Watch

Next-gen Apple Watch concept rendering
Apple Watch concept
Samsung joins LG as flexible OLED display panel supplier for the next-gen Apple Watch, claims a recent inside report.

The Apple Watch smartwatch currently uses display panels made by LG. For now, LG and Samsung are the only two companies manufacturing flexible OLED displays. Since Apple usually uses multiple suppliers for the parts used in their devices, adding Samsung as a second source of flexible OLED displays for their  smartwatches does not come as a surprise.

According to a report published by The Korea Herald, "The U.S. firm has recently started to work with the Korean firms to develop flexible OLED displays for the next-gen smartwatch, which is expected to be lighter and slimmer than the first Apple Watch." As it usually happens with such inside reports, the Cupertino giant did not comment on the matter.

Unfortunately, it looks like the sales of Apple's first smartwatch cannot match the expectations. Market research firm Pacific Crest claims almost 2.8 million Apple Watch units have been sold from April to mid-June. As a consequence, their initial forecast of annual sales has been driven down to 10.5 million units from a previous estimation of 11 million.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-07- 2 (Update: 2015-07- 2)