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Rumor: Apple Going OLED With LG

Remember a couple of weeks back when rumors claimed that Taiwan-based Wintek would supply touch screens for a new Apple netbook said to be manufactured by Quanta computer? We do too and this week more rumors about the panels for future Macs are hitting the wires.

According to a Smarthouse source, Apple already has a working prototype of a netbook which will be manufactured in Taiwan with an OLED screen supplied by LG. Smarthouse also says the same about the iPhone and iPod Touch, OLEDs supplied by LG. Apple signed a $500m agreement with LG last year to supply it with unspecified types of displays until 2013. Hmm, who to believe? 

Other reports are throwing around words like “smudgeless” and “stainless” panels but we’re not getting too excited until it’s offical (that said, Smarthouse says its source is comes from LG). We’re curious to see where this goes or if anyone is making an Apple netbook. Given the big fancy deal the Cupertino company has with LG this rumour seems more plausible than the last.

What do you guys think? I’m not about to wet my pants over these rumors. OLED or not, I’m of the, “Apple netbook? Yawn,” opinion. The rumour about the OLED iPhone does tickle my fancy though. Very interesting indeed.

  • AndrewMD
    "Apple signed a $500m agreement with Apple last year..."

    Yeah... that's proof reading!

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  • IronRyan21
    I wish I could sign a huge contract with my self. LOL!
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  • JMcEntegart
    Sorry lads, all fixed. :)
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  • Thunderfox
    Good to see someone finally using OLED for something, but this being an Apple product I'm sure they'll charge twice what it's worth, so I'd never consider getting one anyway. Hopefully it moves the technology forward though.
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  • SneakySnake
    There's never gonna be a optical drive in a comptuer like that, it'll be like the MBair
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  • rantsky
    Nice mockup but flawed... No way Apple would have a disk drive in something that size. CD/DVDs are phasing out, if you've been following Apple lately (Air anyone?).

    Good move imho but that's a whole different discussion now.
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  • waikano
    JMcEntegartSorry lads, all fixed. No worries Jane, you are still fine the way you are to me. I don't care what these other readers say....
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  • JMcEntegart
    @waikano: Ah bless your cotton socks. Makin' me day. :)
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  • foldsomething
    It's a fun rumor... OLED would help save battery life... Apple's big on battery life if we're to believe their reasoning for push versus multi-taskong. It would also make any display more handy in direct sun light... I just don't know about the price and refresh rates though.
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  • The Schnoz
    This is actually pretty exciting if true. I saw LG's OLED screens at this years CES and came away very impressed. They are as thin as a few sheets of paper and I believe were displaying 1366x768. LG really had the best booth of the show IMHO. I can see why Apple signed with them....if this is true. Although I am a bit suprised. I would think LG would want to release a OLED based iPhone killer of their own rather than give any advantage to Apple. But hey, if they didn't do it someone else would.
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