While it had previously been believed that Apple would make the jump to an all OLED display set up for all iPhones by 2019, a new report by Nikkei suggests that this will come about a little earlier than that.
According to two industry sources speaking with the publication, all of Apple’s iPhones released in 2018 will feature OLED display technology.
While the move to new display technology a year sooner than had been previously suspected is cause for little surprise, the report also suggests that Apple is looking to launch three new iPhones in 2018. Apple is currently expected to offer three iPhones this year as well, with the iPhone 8 set to be the new flagship offering with the first OLED display to arrive in one of Apple’s smartphones, with other two being LCD-equipped iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.
Apple is planning to use advanced organic light-emitting diode displays in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018, according to two industry sources. One said that Apple is tentatively looking at releasing three new models next year. Apple did not respond to an email seeking comments.
As for who will make those OLED displays, Apple is expected to use Samsung as its sole supplier this year, although there is the possibility that this will expand to include additional third parties in 2018. If all three iPhones released in 2018 do include OLED displays, then it would stand to reason that the increased demand would require other suppliers to also come to the party. This year’s LCD displays in 7s and 7s Plus will continue to be provided by JDI and Sharp.
Samsung Display declined to comment. It is unclear whether Samsung will remain the exclusive OLED supplier in 2018 even though other rivals are still struggling to churn out OLED panels for smartphones. Apple usually prefers more than one supplier for a single component. The two companies are also locked in fierce competition in the global smartphone market.
Apple’s 2017 iPhone 8 is set to be its biggest release yet, and with the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone to celebrate, we expect the new device to pull out all the stops. Customers will have to pay for the privilege of owning an iPhone 8 however, with the phone also set to be the company’s costliest iPhone yet.
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