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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: 344; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


hahahahahahahaha

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:48 5

18. j2001m (Posts: 2784; 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: 3214; 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: 5986; 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: 1302; 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: 10205; 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: 19694; 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: 10205; 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: 19694; 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: 1393; 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: 2509; 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: 3466; 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: 827; 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: 827; 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: 10205; 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: 1393; 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: 464; 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: 3466; 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: 681; 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: 359; 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: 461; Member since: 06 May 2013)


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

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:02 3

4. mistercarter (Posts: 359; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


nah, you too blind to see reality

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:06 10

7. Ruturaj (Posts: 1273; 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: 3214; 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: 3466; 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: 2693; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


You're quite full of it

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:17 2

12. mistercarter (Posts: 359; 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: 2693; 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?

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:03 6

23. Finalflash (Posts: 2762; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Wow u actually believe in your BS. Apple doesn't make s**t. They're buying it from sharp or lg. Both of which are leagues behind SS.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:15 1

26. sgodsell (Posts: 3214; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Well I wouldn't say LG is leagues behind SS, but LG is making Plastic OLED display's (POLED). Which BTW LG's POLED display is currently being used in a number of Android Wear smart watches (like LG's Urbane's (both), Huawei watch) and Apples watch as well.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:40 2

29. Finalflash (Posts: 2762; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


The reason I say they are way behind SS is because having used them in their phones for almost 4-5 years now, Samsung has got the efficiency and calibration down perfect.

The reason they use PenTile is to increase resolution while also having higher battery efficiency. The problem comes with calibrating a display that shares its blue pixels between sets and that is where no one else will be able to successfully replicate SS in a while. This means less battery life or lower resolution.

You can see the effects of this on the Apple watch right now. The main reason Apple won't let developers make watch faces is because the OLEDs in the watch are full RGB and not efficient enough to have anything other than a black watch face (all of Apple's current watch faces are 50% black with very little white). Currently, this works for Apple because even the most hardcore fanboy won't be using apps for long on their watch. 90% of the interactions on any smartwatch is on the watch face and the notifications. On a smartphone though, most of the interactions are on an App with a fully lit screen and varying levels of color and whites everywhere. This means that the battery of the an iPhone with full RGB AMOLED will need to be increased or take a hit on the resolution. Now usually Apple and their most hardcore clowns are more than willing to take a hit on features for marketing bullet points, but that would put them literally a decade behind the competition on the supposed iPhone 7. It may actually still happen, but it will be a tough sell to switchers and new comers.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 13:02 2

31. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol do you know Apple's r and d budget compared to Samsung's? So unless Samsung only higher hacks and Apple only hire geniuses that is the most idiotic claim ever. Lol

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:04 2

41. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Your mean copy existing tech.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:25

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


You forgot the Sh??.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:46 4

16. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


1st time products from apple are always great? Iphone 6 + had bendgate and memory problems, apple watch looks like a toy and has anpathetic battery life of 1 day, it also lagged terribly on release, iphone 4 signal problems, and so on. Stop being a blind sheep. Apple will most likely pay LG or sharp to develop the display for them. Apple isn't a hardware company. They make software and pay others to build hardware for them. Sure they might design certain things, but that's all.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 14:16 2

37. Iodine (Posts: 1302; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Many phones were bending before iPhone 6 Plus, yet nobody was interested. Many phones have have some faulty memory and most smartwatches have much worse battery life than the Apple Watch - yet nobody cares.

And iPhone 4 signal "problems" were just a fluff about accusing phone for droping calls - which every phone does and yet nobody cares.

Apple designs their own parts and even their manufacturing processes and they control the supply chain top to bottom.

Yeah Apple isn't selling hardware. They sell great user experience.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:45 4

46. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No phones before the iPhone 6 were bending in people's front pockets. That's why it was a big deal, not just because they were bending.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:46 3

47. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And the antenna problems were not fluff. The phones were scientifically tested, and it was found that they lost twice the signal of any other phone with a simple touch of a finger on the one spot. It was a bad engineering design, and that's all there is to it.Add the antenna problems were not fluff. The phones were scientifically tested, and it was found that they lost twice the signal of any other phone with a simple touch of a finger on the 1 spot. It was a bad engineering design, and that's all there is to it.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 18:38 2

58. Macready (Posts: 827; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Show me those phones bent with kids fingers or front pockets.

Apple blogs spent days finding obscure pics. Reviewers took days to bend their phones against their own intentions. Oops.

As of today, I still don't know of any phone that can bend at 30 to 45 lbs (at the volume buttons, 60-70 at the center) through a three point bend test.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 15:31

81. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There's a video on youtube of a 10 or 11 year old kid walking into an Apple store and bending an iPhone 6 like it was nothing.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 15:36

82. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


As for bending in pockets, it happened to two editors/writers at the Verge, which is one of the most pro Apple sites on the net. They both admitted it happened to them, but blew it off like no big deal because Apple replaced the phones. Oneofthenine.com documented over 600 instances of iPhones slightly bent due to normal use.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 15:38

83. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


As of today you refuse to acknowledge the only phone that can be easily bent by a kid or a pocket.

posted on 08 Aug 2015, 15:41

84. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


https://youtu.be/NuKNdw10qss

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 19:25 1

62. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"And iPhone 4 signal "problems" were just a fluff about accusing phone for droping calls - which every phone does and yet nobody cares."

I shouldnt even respond to this....and is shows alot about you.

Show me another phone where I can make the signal, call drop with 1/2 an inch of my finger. If there is another phone I can almost garuntee it came out after the iPhone 4.

For so many variables that go into reception, dropped calls the iPhone 4 was probably unique where it could be repeated multitude of times.

It wouldnt show up in a great reception area..most if not all phones have great reception in great reception areas. ..you would have to be in a worse area to see the results.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 23:22 1

73. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Don't forget apple maps. Apple was so ashamed for releasing such a piece of garbage out to public they actually even apologized and recommended use of Google maps. It has to be above and beyond abvious for apple to even think of issuing an apology.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:54 2

20. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


No, watch how magically after ....all these years....

Amoled will all of a sudden be better than LCD according to some ppl. LCD wont have the color accuracy or clarity advantages anymore.

All because the iPhone, Apple will use Amoled.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:33

69. ibend (Posts: 3466; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its not amoled, its OLED..
or P-OLED from LG to be more precise

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 02:19

85. kamejoko (Posts: 189; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


haha! oled, poled have different with amoled? ^^hhahah

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:01 3

22. Finalflash (Posts: 2762; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Lol let the hypocrisy begin.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 14:49 2

38. kenaldinho4444 (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


"Get ready to stare at the best AMOLED displays ever made" LOL #Sarcasm

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 15:05 2

42. tedkord (Posts: 10205; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apple displays have been playing second fiddle to Samsung for three years now, to the point that Apple is considering copying them.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 20:59

72. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Thank you for providing me todays LOL.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:03 4

5. Trex95 (Posts: 879; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


OLED made by LG not by Samsung, Super Amoled made by Samsung.
Super Amoled Samsung 2 suppixel
OLED LG 3 suppixel same as LCD IPS pixels arrangement.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:06 2

6. mistercarter (Posts: 359; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


enough said, LG Displays are better than Samsung's that's why they keep going with OLED TV sets unlike Samsung or Sony who both gave up

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:16 8

10. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2693; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


No they are not.. Absolutely not even

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:16 2

11. Trex95 (Posts: 879; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Actually LG better when it comes to bigger screen they're ecxllent better than Samsung and Sony especially OLED TV's. But when it comes to phones screens Samsung Super Amoled better a tad better I'm not going to say way better, but yeah S6 Super Amoled bette than G4 IPS for one reason after i used both phones brightness. I think Apple not going to use OLED or Super Amoled on there iphone or ipad due to the life short span of Amoled screen maybe on there upcoming Apple TV 5K ?!.

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 11:53

19. j2001m (Posts: 2784; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope, I think you find that you wrong, lg did a deal with Samsung that gave them 2 years with oled TV only (I.e. Samsung was unable to offer any new models) that deal runs out in 2016 and Samsung going all out, there new oled end tech will be way better as they included there qdot tech within the setup

(It was an out of court deal)

posted on 07 Aug 2015, 12:00

21. j2001m (Posts: 2784; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


http://www.techradar.com/news/television/lg-and-samsung-put-aside-oled-patent-problems-for-the-good-of-displays-1183566

From what I can tell it was a 2 year deal as Samsung as showed no TVs from when this was posted with oled, but have now just started to change to making oled TV panels in a big way for this year like clear TV panels and so on, so I be thinking this deal is up and in January 2016 and October 2015 we will see oleds from Samsung

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