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The new model iPhone can receive a USB connector-C, as well as a flexible screen, told The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources. Because of this, the American company may be forced to buy displays from Samsung
Unnamed sources familiar with Apple’s plans told the WSJ that the new iPhone model, which will be released in 2017, the company plans to abandon the proprietary Lightning connector in favor of a more distributed Android USB devices. the WSJ adds that Apple plans to release in 2017, three mobile — two with the traditional iPhone liquid crystal display, and a smartphone with a display based on organic LEDs (OLED). Apple has already requested samples of the components for prototyping. One of the key features of OLED displays is their small thickness and flexibility, it will allow Apple to produce a variation of the iPhone with curved casing.
Adding to the range of modifications OLED screen will force Apple to buy such displays at Samsung, says the publication, as it is the only company able to produce OLED screens in the quantities needed within a short time. So far Apple does not buy screens from Samsung, at different times she used the services of competitors of the company — LG Display Co., Japan Display Inc. and Sharp. But despite the competition in the smartphone market, Apple already has experience of partnership with Samsung. In the spring of 2015 Korean company won a tender on manufacture of mobile processors A9, which were installed in iPhone and iPad.
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According to IDC, in the fourth quarter of 2016 Apple occupied the first position among global suppliers of smartphones. The company’s share is equal to 18.3%, which is lower than the same period in 2015 by 0.4%. The closest competitor, the American company Samsung with a share of 18.1%, whose market share also decreased compared to previous year (in 2015 amounted to 20.4%). In terms of production for the fourth quarter of 2016, with Apple set to 78.3 million smartphones. This is 3.5 million more than in the fourth quarter of 2015.