Apple to expand OLED supplies for iPhones in 2018: WSJ

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 09 Dec 2016
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Apple is likely to introduce at least one iPhone model with all glass design and OLED display next year

Apple to expand OLED supplies for iPhones in 2018: WSJ

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Apple is reportedly planning to introduce at least one variant of iPhone next year with flexible OLED display. Apple has adopted LCD display for its smartphones since the introduction of first iPhone in 2007.

According to KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will introduce a new iPhone next year to commemorate the tenth anniversary. The smartphone is expected to feature OLED display and really thin bezels along with possibility of dual curved edges like Galaxy S7 edge. Now a report at WSJ indicates those displays will come from Samsung and it won't be until 2018 that Apple really gets enough supply of OLED displays.

The report says Apple suppliers like Japan Display and Sharp are ramping up their productions in order to be better equipped with OLED panels for 2018 iPhone. Back in 2014, Apple introduced iPhone 6 Plus with OIS and this year, it has made the technology standard on both the models.

"Most OLED capacities will only come in 2018 or beyond," says WSJ.

Samsung dominates the OLED display market and currently uses the panels on its flagship smartphone range. Samsung is likely to continue providing the maximum yield while other suppliers ramp up their capacities.

WSJ notes that going forward LCD displays will get even cheaper while OLED becomes competitively priced. "Samsung, a technology leader with better yields, could withstand lower prices. An increase in OLED supply will also depress LCD prices, since they are basically substitutes," reports Wall Street Journal.

Apple is likely to introduce at least one iPhone model with all glass design and OLED display next year. Apple is also rumoured to integrate the Touch ID under the display.

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