With tech giant Apple rumored to be planning the launch of at least one 2017 iPhone model with a flexible OLED display, a Bloomberg report has revealed that Apple's planned production of such a handset could potentially be affected by shortage of OLED making machines.
The Bloomberg report is based on the current situation related to the production of OLED making machines at Japanese firm Canon Tokki --- the company which apparently produces almost all the machines that are used for making OLED displays.
Since Canon Tokki will likely be responsible for making the machines which will be used for creating OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, the Bloomberg report has revealed that, owing to a high demand for OLED displays, Canon Tokki - which reportedly produces less than 10 OLED-making machines a year - presently has a two-year backlog.
As such, the current wait for a Canon Tokki OLED-making machine - the cost of which is approximately 10 billion yen ($85 million) each - is nearly two years.
Against the backdrop of the potential production bottleneck at Canon Tokki with regard to the production of OLED-making machines, it is being speculated that scarcity of OLED making machines may have an impact on Apple's ability to introduce OLED displays in the 2017 iPhone. However, it is rumored that Apple may use OLED displays manufactured by Samsung, with a large chunk of the equipment probably being readily available.