Sharp will begin shipping OLED panels next year in a move that may give Apple a third potential supplier of displays for the iPhone.
Samsung will ramp up production of OLED displays by more than 50 percent to meet demand from Apple and other smartphone vendors, according to a report from Nikkei.
Shipments of the iPhone will fall as much as 8.6 percent this year from 2015, according to a report from Nikkei Asian Review and picked up by 9to5Mac.
Microsoft said it will sell its feature-phone business to a Foxconn subsidiary in a $350 million deal that will also see Nokia return to the mobile-devices business it once dominated.
Apple's top Taiwanese suppliers are scrambling to recruit workers to prepare to help build the next iPhone, according to multiple reports.
Foxconn finally agreed to a deal to buy Sharp Corp., and it will do so at a steep discount from its original offer. Foxconn will spend $3.5 billion to take over the struggling Japanese consumer electronics behemoth, ending weeks of public negotiations. Foxconn had committed to pay roughly $6.2 billion for a 66 percent stake in Sharp last month before it reportedly discovered more than $3 billion in undisclosed liabilities, prompting it to shelve the deal.
Foxconn agreed to terms to take over Sharp, committing to pay roughly $6.2 billion in exchange for a 66 percent stake in the venerable Japanese electronics vendor. The offer is a 32 percent discount from Wednesday's closing price of Foxconn shares, Bloomberg reported, and the move marks a rare case of a foreign buyer picking up an iconic brand.
Both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reported that Foxconn has bid more than $5 billion to take over the struggling Japanese electronics vendor Sharp Corp. Sharp, which makes TV sets and LCD panels, has struggled financially and is reportedly due to pay back several billion in borrowings in March.
Shares of Apple dipped in pre-market trading Wednesday morning following multiple reports that the company has decreased orders of the iPhone during the past few months.
Nokia is jumping back into the consumer device market by licensing its brand to Foxconn to create a tablet called the N1 running Google's Android platform.