LG Display debuted a 17-inch foldable OLED displays at CES earlier this year, according to The Elec. And it already has a customer: HP plans to offer a foldable laptop with this panel later this year.
Since last year, LG has also contributed a 13.3″ panel for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold.
Apple might be an even bigger customer for the foldable OLED displays. According to sources in South Korea, LG and Apple are collaborating on a new panel that will be used in a foldable MacBook-iPad hybrid. Instead of polyamide, the panel will employ Ultra Thin Glass (UTG).
According to reports, Apple will unveil its first foldable smartphone next year (the iPhone 14 Flip or iPhone 14 Fold). Stylus support is required for foldable laptops, and the screens LG is delivering to Lenovo and HP allow both stylus and touch input.
When fully extended, the HP laptop measures 17 inches in length and 11 inches in width. It has a 4K screen. A total of 10,000 units are expected to be produced by LG. Lenovo received 20,000 panels, each measuring 13.3″ when unfolded and 6.2″ when folded (with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 px).
Of course, Apple will require far higher numbers, thus LG Display will need more time to grow its manufacturing capacity. It appears that additional time is required. The foldable MacBook-iPad combination is expected to appear in 2025, according to display supply chain specialists.