All new iPhones could have OLED screens by 2019


Lots of rumors have been flying around recently regarding Apple's 2017 iPhone roster, but right now, the story goes as follows: three new models will be launched this year, the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, and a tenth anniversary special, called the iPhone 8. The latter of the three is expected to be the most high-end of all, and will reportedly be the only one to feature an OLED display. According to supply-chain sources, however, this is only temporary, and Apple is planning to move all of its devices to OLED by 2019.

The report comes from Korean publication The Bell, which details the plans of Interflex, a new Apple supplier, to build a new flexible printed circuit boards (FPCBs) production facility which will cost $866 million. According to the report, Apple expects to sell 60 million OLED devices in 2017, which will be about 40 percent of all new iPhone sales. Adoption is expected to double by next year, and OLED screens should become the norm for Apple by 2019.

This is in line with older reports, with famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously stating even more optimistically that Apple will have completely moved to OLED by next year. This shift will most probably result in the upcoming iPhone 8 jumping to a higher price margin, with previous reports stating a price of more than $1,000. This will not be entirely the new display tech's fault, though, as Apple is expected to equip the device with a number of new features, including wireless charging, an iris scanner, a curved screen, and more.

While this price may seem steep, it appears Apple's intentions with the upcoming iPhone 8 are to position it at the very high end of the spectrum, unlike the more affordable iPhones of the past. For the more casual consumer, however, the company will also be releasing the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, though it's worth noting we know much less about those two. However, it's expected they'll be simply a light refresh of the 7 and 7 Plus, just like the 6s and 6s Plus were before them. If the report is correct, then they'll also be some of the last iPhone models to feature an LCD display, but we'll see about that in the future.

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25 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

it will come by 2100!! not 2018 iphonearena!!!

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

by that time, iFans will forget about burn-in, or oversaturated problem they always bring up whenever they insist 750p LCD screen is better samsung's OLED, lol..

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Am I missing something here. The year 2019 is like decades away in tech terms. So this is still the first part of 2017, and if iPhones continue to be released in the fall, then that is 2.5 years away. Don't you love iPhonearenas fake news, sorry not fake news but future forcast, just to get more click baits.

17. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

That is when Apple invents oled screens and cover all iPhones with them

11. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

very normal, apple brings tech when it is 2/3years older.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mainly when it make economical sense and they could charge people extra for it. I wonder how they would give it a marketing spin. Watch and learn.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They are going to claim that "their" OLED display (that they didn't even design or make) is the industries most "popular" display. Because since the iPhone is the "most popular" phone in the world, everything about it is automatically more popular than anyone else. Like how Cook says the iPhone has the most popular camera. But he can't say though, that it has the "best" camera which is what actually truly matters. Because all that matters to Apple is what they can sell you and get over your head. To bad not every can be tech smart. They'd still buy iPhone, but at leats would understand they arent buying the best. They are buying a name. Its equal to buying Beats, Nike, BOSE, Hilfiger, CK, and many other names.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

and cheaper

25. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Iphonearena? Come to think of it I never seen a Samsung article here. Good grief. Give me a break. For the love of puppies.

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

*2019

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

OLED Display in the iPhone... iFanatics can now admit that Apple copies too.

6. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Dont say copy sssss Apple just follow Samsung

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

When the oled iPhone this year sells really well and makes Apple a ton of money, they will have no choice but to make all the new iPhones of 2018 sport oled displays.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Oef years and years behind the market! iFans will go nuts because this is innovation hahahahaha!

7. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

That's sam sad news. PA is bashing led screens all way long.

8. ahmadkun

Posts: 570; Member since: May 02, 2016

android people waiting for : baseless phones + up to 4K restitution + HDR + QC 4.0 + VR dreamday And more IOS people waiting : THE ALL NEW REVOLUTIONARY IPHONE ROSE GOLD WITH THE WORLDS BEST RITNA OLED DISPLAY WIRELESS CHARGER ONLY FOR 999$ *same design *this time they gonna remove the lightning port Cuz you don't need it any more ( i'm joking )

9. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Even crappie low end Chinese phones will have amoled by 2019 .so no big deal

12. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

More affordable iPhone in the past? I never put affordable and iPhone together.

14. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

We see iPhone process going up and up. But galaxy prices are affordable. I predict if iPhone prices go more further, Apple will start loosing a lot of buyers. Because many will not be able to afford it any more. They are shooting themselves on the foot. I personally getting sick of how they rip off everyone. Their warranty services are top notch. That's probably why they charge more. But still doesn't justify prices over $1000. On the other hand Samsung and others always looking after their customers with less money. I have respect for them. I'm sick of ifans saying "oh you can't afford it!?". Stupid sheeps. I am using an iPhone 6s by the way. But I'm fed up with Apple. Love Android. My next phone will be android.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They are already losing buyers. Apple sold less iPhone in 2016 then it did in 2015, as 2015 sales were lower than 2014. What I think will happen is this. Apple will release a special anniversary iPhone that will have all the bells and whistles that every fanboy here claims is gimmicky and useless. The iPhone may sport OLED, Iris Scanner, Wireless Charging and more. It will cost $1000. The Apple will also make the standard 7S and 7S Plus models. They will have 3 new selling models for the firts time. In the first 1 quarters they will likely sell 80M iPhones for the first time, everyone and their mama will be praising Apple milestone. Which for Samsung is sold news because they have been selling 80M+ smartphone per quarter since 2011. Then after that iPhone sales will drop rought 5~10M a year and will settle at Apple selling 130~150M per year. The iPhone is "iconic" and draws lots o attention both good an bad. But with Microsoft making a huge move towards hybrid devices and smartphone that will be able to run Windows x86 on ARM, Apple will either have to make a OSX IPad or an iPhone that can run OSX apps, or they will die a very horrible death in mobile.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait to see this years anniversary model iPhone, and what Apple does iOS 11. This is gonna be a huge release for Apple.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Me too! Even if it will be old news per se. I want to see what their approach will be to their new found tech components and how the fans react to them.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

By then, other phone will have QLED displays. I can't wait for smatphoen to sport Quantun Dot Matrix OLED displays like my present Samsung "curved" TV. I can't even describe how awesome the color and how close the pixels are an how vivid it looks. You just have to see them in person. With HDR mode on, the screen is bright, yet not over-bearing. $200M an Apple who had a 2 year headstart, is now 3~4 years behind everyone else. Apple should have been one of the first with any new technology that is useful.. When you criticize someone else, and then months later have the same thing...or similar; then it make syou look foolish. Apple did this with large phone, OLED displays and the Surface Pro. They mocked them all and have copied them all. LAME! Apple the Douchebag!

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Looking back in time when the iPhone (1G) came out. It retailed for $599 and was considered the most expensive phone ever. Even Steve Ballmer said it. Ever model for 5 years was exclusive only to AT&T. By the time Verizon finally offered the iPhone starting with the iPhone 4, the iPhone was $650 and has basically remained at this fpr the base model. Apple has made lots of money. Yet for the base model which is and has been very overpriced, is the only phone to have the lowest resolution, have no advanced features, have one of the smallest storage capacities and yet be considered "premium". The base model should already be at least 5.1" with a FHD display. The Plus model size is fine overall, but it should have a QHD for what it costs. Because only phones with those specs cost as much. Then in Q1 of 2016 (March), it was announced that for the first time OLED displays pricing were below the cost of LCD's for the same resolutions. Then rumors started to appear claiming Apple woudl jump to OLED for at least one of its phones, but do to supply shortage, would have to wait a year ot 2 before every iPhone will sport it. Basically Apple is doing this. They will go with Samsung for one year to make 100M displays and Apple will put them on their special iPhone model. They will jack up the cost to $999USD. They will do this and use the free money to help their partner Foxconn who just bought out Sharp, who was already one of the major display suppliers for Apple; and build up a new display factory that will sole handle Apple orders. Then Apple will drop Samsung in early 2019, but in 2018, use Samsung for roughly 1/2 of its displays and they will make the other 12 with Foxconn. Then in 2019 cut Samsung out and go full tilt with Foxconn Display. Then the based and plus iPhone will go up to $750 and $850 to start just becaus ethey have OLED, and yet the OLED they use will not even be as good asthose provided by LG or Samsung. No one is goign to beat Samsung's OLED displays becaus ethey ahve alreayd put way more money into it vs any OEM combined. Now that they have new Quatum Dot tech and have rebranded their TV's as QLED, the Galaxy S9 or SX(S10 - They won't be able to use this name because Chevy has already trademarked S10) will likely sort these new displays while APple will be using the old tech that Samsung used way back on the S3/S4. Then of course all the Apple fans will love over-saturated colors, Apple won't have a way for you to change the display color mode and they wont even mention screen-burn-in and all that other BS they did with Samsung. All will be forgotten as they all hypocrite themselves into just being what Samsung already was 3 year prior. I can't way.

24. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Can't wait for this. S8 missed the mark. Didn't think they would produce that odd finger print scanner. But looks legit. Have a bad feeling Note 8 will follow the same design. Make it great Apple.

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