In yet another rumour about the next generation iPhones, Electronic Times has reported that Apple may be in talks with LG Display Co Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to manufacture OLED displays for the upcoming iPhones. The report continues to say that Apple, LG & Samsung may be in the final phase of signing this deal of manufacturing OLED screens. The report also adds that both LG & Samsung are planning a capital expenditure to the tune KRW 15 trillion (Rs. 84,943 cr) to scale up production of these screens.
Digit had earlier reported that Apple filed the patent for flexible electronic devices in September 2011, and has been granted the same earlier this year. The patent abstract states that a “flexible electronic device may include a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed.” It theorizes that such a device can be created by using an OLED display, mounted on flexible device housing. The device housing will include a flexible circuit board and a flexible battery. Lending some credibility to the rumour, a report by Chinese website MacX.cn, also suggested that Apple had ordered OLED screens in various sizes. Although, contrasting reports from AppleInsider have suggested that Apple will continue to stick with LCDs and a traditional form factor.
This report led to speculations that the iPhone 7 might feature a curved, flexible OLED screen. If the Electronic Times’ report is to be believed, than curved or not, OLED is definitely on the cards for the next iPhone. It has been a while that rumours about Apple switching from LCD to OLED displays have been circling the smartphone rumour mill. Let us know what you think of Apple using OLED displays in the comments section below.