Apple is hard at work on the iPhone 8, with the Cupertino firm expected to unveil a big overhaul of the device’s iconic design this year.
The iPhone 8 is launching during the same year the iPhone celebrates its tenth birthday, and is rumoured to have a release date in September.
And it could be Apple’s biggest smartphone launch yet, if this Samsung news is anything to go by.
The Samsung Galaxy makers are said to be opening a brand new factory to deal with the amount of OLED screens they are making for the iPhone 8.
Samsung, believed to be the sole supplier of OLED displays for Apple, have already had to expand one of its plants to meet orders for the iPhone 8.
And now Korea’s ET News have reported that Samsung has started work on an additional plant, with a huge investment of more than £15.41billion.
They reported: “Samsung Display has started constructing 6th generation flexible OLED production line called ‘A5 (tentative name)’, which has production capacity of […] up to 270,000 panels per month.”
The iPhone 8 is expected to be the only iPhone to use an OLED screen this year, with other models using IPS LCD screens.
It’s been reported that Apple is planning to use OLED screens on all of their iPhones by 2019.
Other companies are believed to be trying to challenge Samsung as a supplier for iPhone OLED screens.
LG last month reportedly made a £2.7billion investment in OLED production capacity, and switched focus from TV displays to smartphones.
Sharp and Japan Display are also reportedly hoping to pick up future OLED orders from Apple.
The news comes a day after the iPhone celebrated its tenth birthday, with the first ever Apple iPhone going on sale on June 29 2007.
It sold out within a matter of hours as Apple fans queued overnight to get their hands on one.
When Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone in January 9 2007, he said that Apple were “going to reinvent the phone”.
And since then Apple sold more than one billion iPhones globally, and it’s become arguably the most influential product this millennium.
The iPhone 8 is expected to mark its landmark tenth birthday with a massive overhaul of the product.
It’s expected to have a giant AMOLED edge-to-edge display and new dual-lens camera.
Rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will completely do away with the long-standing home button, and move the fingerprint sensor underneath the device.
This is to help free up space on the front screen, so it can predominantly be taken up with the display.