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Apple rumored to experiment with OLED displays starting with its 2016 iPhones and/or iPads

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Apple rumored to experiment with OLED displays starting with its 2016 iPhones and/or iPads
Although they're relatively new compared to LCD screens, OLED panels have gained a lot of traction lately. Just yesterday, we brought to your attention that a report from China claims that Huawei will soon start using OLED panels in its smartphones, perhaps starting with the rumored Huawei Nexus phablet. As it turns out, a new rumor emerging today from an IHS - a market research firm - official claims that more companies are looking to adopt OLED displays in their upcoming devices.

According to Kevin Wang, Technology Research Director over at IHS, Apple is considering the adoption of OLED panels in some of its 2016 devices. Unfortunately, Wang did not specify for which product category Apple is considering making the switch to OLED, although there's a very good chance that he's referring to smartphones (iPhones) or tablets (iPads). Now, since this would be such a major shift for Apple, make sure to digest this information with a hefty dose of the proverbial salt.

Interestingly, the Cupertino-based tech giant will allegedly not use Samsung AMOLED panels in its upcoming devices. Although Wang does not mention which other OLED supplier Apple is planning to turn to, we have a couple of ideas, but bear in mind that we can't verify our assumptions for the time being.

One display maker that comes to mind is Samsung's cross-town rival. LG Display already makes display panels for the iPhone 6, and its relationship with Apple is a tried and tested one. Furthermore, it should also be mentioned that the Apple Watch was the first Apple device to integrate OLED technology, a flexible P-OLED display from LG to be more specific. LG probably has the large yields that Apple requires.

On the other hand, a report dating back this April said Apple is said to equip next-gen iPads with OLED panels from JOLED, a lesser-known display maker that is allegedly ramping up 9.7-inch OLED panel production. An even older report suggested that Foxconn is pouring $2.6 billion in a brand new display factory that will allegedly make OLED panels for Apple by the end of 2015.

Wang also confirms previous rumors according to which Huawei is getting ready to integrate OLED panels in its upcoming smartphones. Furthermore, the IHS official also claims that Xiaomi will soon start selling devices - smartphone, we think - with OLED screens. 

source: Kevin Wang via GforGames

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posted on 07 Aug 2015, 10:42 7

1. shaineql (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


hahahahahahahaha

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:48 5

18. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Hahahahahahahahahahahahha if they not Samsung oled they be crap

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:07 4

24. sgodsell (Posts: 3883; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Well not really. LG's POLED is currently being used on a number of Android Wear devices, and Apples watch. The main thing is all these OLED display are using less power then any IPS display. The main problem with IPS displays is if you only want to light up a few pixels, then the entire panel has to be powered on.

What is funny is all the Apple people were always saying that IPS is better. Now they are going to go with an OLED display. I remember using my first OLED display with a Samsung smart phone back in 2010. I prefer OLED display's over IPS any day of the week.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 13:41 1

33. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Same here. I used to be an LCD guy in 2010...until I actually had a phone with OLED later that year. Now its all I want. Even for the Vita....I wont get the LCD version if I can help it, I want the orig OLED one.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 13:43 3

34. Iodine (Posts: 1349; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Apple fans never said IPS is better.

They said they love the Retina display.

Apple is choosing, designing and using the best displays available.

if it was IPS Apple choosed it because it was the best tech at that time. And people love it.

And when Apple will came up with an oled that's better than their IPS they will use it. And people will love it.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:02 7

40. tedkord (Posts: 12204; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Except for the past several years the best displays haven't been on iPhones, they've been on Samsung phones. So, no, they weren't choosing the best.

And, yes, iFans were saying that IPS is better. They were claiming that AMOLED was inaccurate, cartoonish, dim...

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:47 1

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


AMOLED took time to mature. For a time IPS wasn't necessarily better, but more accurate at color reproduction. that's not the case anymore.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:54 3

51. tedkord (Posts: 12204; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There's no doubt about that. Early AMOLED was nowhere near LCD. But for the past couple of years, it's been AMOLED all the way. That doesn't mean that IPS LCD wasn't good. It just wasn't as good.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 16:08 2

53. darkkjedii (Posts: 22019; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Right! AMOLED has taken over. My 6 plus screen, wasn't nearly as good as the Edge. I totally agree with post 51.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 16:29 3

54. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


It's just ANOTHER ploy by Apple in line with its incremental upgrades, to justify another Apps Launchers mediocre update... Apple intentionally leaves things off their iphone, that other OEM's YEARS before already uses...

Trust me, only iPads Air 2 are getting "Multi-Window" capabilities, and not any iPhones... Samsung did this for the first Galaxy Note, and also the S-series has "Split Screen". It won't come to the iPhone until iph8. If then. Called NEW by the iPhonians... O.o

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 18:15 6

55. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Apple never chooses the best tech at any time... most of the time they chose old components and sell it as if it was the best at that time.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:22 4

65. ibend (Posts: 5059; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and dont forget that they always use gimicky names to make old component/feature looks special, like retina display, facetime camera, iSight, Focus Pixels, Touch ID, Display Zoom, and so on

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 18:32 4

57. Macready (Posts: 1125; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


"best tech at that time"

Correction: "tech with decent quality but best profit margins".

IPS hasn't been best for at least 2 years now. In reality, it's even longer, but Samsung was lazy before with calibration (could be done through 3rd party apps plus root access all the way back to the original Galaxy S though).

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 05:02

75. Simona (unregistered)


I think ppl here didn't realise THAT this article is talking about OLED ..
And here (above, below) ppl thinks they talking about AMOLED

Guys read properly title AGAIN !
It is NOT samsungs AMOLED but OLED which is used in expensive TVs !
OLED is now best quality after IPS ..
For guuy above ; there is NO any OLED smartphone exist YET !

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 05:51

76. Macready (Posts: 1125; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Stop being a tool. AMOLED is a type of OLED.

In TV's you mostly (LG) find

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 15:30

80. tedkord (Posts: 12204; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


OLED stands for organic light emitting diode. AMOLED stands for active matrix light emitting diode. They're both organic light-emitting diode based technologies. So, yes, it does exist and smartphones now, and has for a couple of years.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 11:59

88. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Please do some research before you SHOW how SMART you aren't.
http://news.oled-display.net/oled-display-costs-for-smartphones-to-fall-below-lcd-soon/

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:24 2

61. -SIR- (banned) (Posts: 120; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


Lmfao ......
So now iFans will be getting 2010 specs on their iToy 6+...

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:27

64. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


iFans 2012 be like "IPS is better than AMOLED"

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:25 1

66. ibend (Posts: 5059; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and now they be like "OLED is better then AMOLED"
and 3 years from now they say "AMOLED is better than SUPER AMOLED"
and so on for the rest of human history

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 00:05

74. nodes (Posts: 746; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


nah i prefer 12K AMOLED on my 5" devices.
dem pixels, man.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 10:50 8

2. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


get ready to stare at the best AMOLED displays ever made, even if its their 1st gen AMOLED display it will outdo Samsung's 8th generation AMOLED... they did it with the Apple Watch, and i don't see why not happening on larger surfaces like the iPhone and iPad

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:01 21

3. kkmkk (Posts: 493; Member since: 06 May 2013)


go home your frunk ( drunk and f**ked )

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:02 3

4. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


nah, you too blind to see reality

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:06 10

7. Ruturaj (Posts: 1447; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I guess you are blind to see the reality, Apple would buy display from wither Samsung or LG. No company on earth can do magic if it's apple or Samsung, Samsung did R&D in amoled display for long time, if you think apple will take out better display from magic hat then you are not seeing the reality. If LG comes out with better display credits are due to LG.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:09 3

25. sgodsell (Posts: 3883; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


mistercarter you are the one that is blind or cannot read. LG is making the POLED display. Just like LG is currently making the Apple Watch displays. Apple doesn't make jack.
BTW a number of Android Wear devices are also using LG's POLED displays right now, including LG's smart watches and the Huawei watch.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:27 2

67. ibend (Posts: 5059; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


ask any isheep and theyll say "apple create every single hardware and software inside iphone"

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:14 4

9. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3026; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


You're quite full of it

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:17 2

12. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


it doesnt mean Apple wont put its money on R&D to improve technology already existent... that's why Apple Watch OLED display is better than LG's own smartwatches which also use OLED

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:28 9

15. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3026; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


They use the LG Oled straight from LG itself. Do you have any proof it's better? Or is it just the Apple RDF talking here?

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