When will Apple incorporate OLED screens into the iPhone? Rumors have not let up, but a report stemming from South Korea’s Electronic Times claims Apple is close to reaching an agreement with LG and Samsung who will reportedly start producing OLED screens for the iPhone in 2017/2018. If this newest OLED rumor proves to be true, this means Apple’s iPhone 8 will get the highly anticipated upgrade.
Electronic Times did not reveal the name of their insider source, but the 2017/2018 release date comes from Japanese newspaper, Nikkei. The site cites a tip from “Apple suppliers.” The report also predicts Apple will continue to sell iPhones with LCD displays along with OLED because “ securing enough panels for the more than 200 million phones Apples ships globally every year will likely prove difficult.”
Apple currently works with LG for the Apple Watch, which uses AMOLED technology. However, October rumors revealed Apple may have brought Samsung on to the Apple Watch team as well. The two electronics companies plan to invest a combined $12.8 billion in OLED production capacity, according to the Reuters report.
OLED smartphones have the potential to be thinner, lighter, and more flexible and energy efficient than smartphones using LCD technology. OLED screens tend to produce brighter, more vivid colors with a higher contrast ratio. The iPhone 8 would likely use an AMOLED display, like the Apple Watch. The hybrid technology uses TFT, the variant of LCD used in most smartphones now, and OLED to create the fastest pixel response time.
Samsung was the first to release a smartphone with a curved OLED display, the Galaxy line. LG has since released smartphones using the same technology, but is better known for its top of the line OLED TVs. Both LG and Samsung declined to comment on the report.