Analyst: iPhones will get curved OLED screens in 2018, panels to be supplied by four separate manufacturers


We've been hearing a lot of rumors and speculation about Apple supposedly planning to switch the displays on its iPhones to AMOLED panels, from the current LCD tech. So much so, that by now it seems like it's a question of “when”, not “if”. Some reports say this year's iPhone 7 will be the first one with an OLED display, but the majority of leaksters and analysts say it will be next year's iPhone 7s (iPhone 8?). Some say Apple will produce a curved or even bendable screen when it switches to the tech, others make no mention of it.

President and chief analyst of UBI Research, Lee Choong-hoon, spoke at a seminar for industry investors this last Friday and voiced his opinion on the matter. According to him, Apple will get a few suppliers for the new displays. We've already heard a few reports about a deal between Samsung and Cupertino to supply 100 million OLED panels yearly, so it seems Sammy will be the largest supplier — 60 percent of the total units supplied would come from it, says Lee. The second biggest AMOLED slinger, churning out panels for Apple, would be LG, handling around 20 or 30 percent of the orders. The remaining 10-20 percent would be filled by Japan Display and Apple's main partner and BFF — Foxconn.

According to Lee, 2018 is the year when the first AMOLED panel on an iPhone will appear, and he also says he believes that 30 percent of iPhones built that year will have a curved screen, much like Samsung's own Galaxy edge series. He continues to say that by the year 2020, 80 percent of the iPhones shipped would be of the curved screen variety – we suppose he is making this projection based on expected desirability of a more futuristic-looking iPhone, just like the Galaxy S6 edge had a surprisingly high demand over the “regular” Galaxy S6, despite its notably higher price.

For the most part, we've heard a lot of the reports, upon which Mr. Lee has based his statements. Samsung's deal with Apple has been talked about on at least two separate occasions, we've heard about Foxconn gearing up to produce OLED screens, and we've also gotten wind of LG gearing up to produce a large quantity of the panels as well. Given that there's 4 months left until the iPhone 7 is announced, it's reasonable to believe that this generation will skip the OLED, as it seems that the millions of panels that need to be built for it haven't entered mass production yet, at least according to what we are hearing.


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41 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Curved screen AMOLED displays, you say?

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7215; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

These really are desperate stories in Apples favor. Think about it. Apple has changed suppliers from one year to the next. Yet this article is talking about OEMs and supplies in 2018. Last I looked we were still in the first half of 2016. Phonearena I thought you were better than this crap.

24. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's Apple's innovation in 2018.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I thought Amoled was too weak in the sunlight and that LCD is brighter? http://www.phonearena.com/news/Outdoor-display-comparison-iPhone-6s-vs-S7-edge-vs-10-vs-G5_id81070 What now PA a article on Apple perfecting Amoled on Apple getting it right? Remember the majority will be produced by the Amoled King which you said was worst in direct sunlight

33. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The best display on the sunlight is the Apple iPad Pro. I don't kniw what oled has to do with that.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

thats news article was a fail. All the phone we have in store even older one fare better than any of those picture. Something went wrong in the test they did or the camera they used to take the pictures of the screens lol. unless iphone 4S can do better than 6S? Also the ability of the iphone to be viewed outdoor is because of the treatement they do to the glass.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I call BS. It's way to early to be talking about a 2017 phone. Now we are talking about a 2018 phone? Lol! This guy has no clue. Apple is dropping the major redesign next year which is the 10th anniversary and the opening of the spaceship campus. It just makes sense to have a big splash at that time. I believe this guy is just assuming that there will be an S model next year. It will not be. That why we are getting an 6se this year.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Says you?!

4. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And those side bended oleds will get scratches from everything from jean pockets to make-up kits and keys in the bag. If any manufacturer want to do that design, they better make sure that protective casings will look good.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Once the iPhone has a curved screen, all the fanboys will do an about face saying its not a gimmick...lol. Yet they punished the S6 and S7 edge model saying its a gimmicky. Yet the edge models were the most aesthetically beautiful phones ever made. They just mad it wasn't made by Apple. Oh wait, because Apple doesn't make a damn thing! Would be funny if they made a dual edged design similar to the S6/S7.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Are you done rambling? Honestly, you're getting just as bad as the guy who acts like a hornet on steroids every time someone makes fun of his platform.

8. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A pot calling the kettle black

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't be salty.

13. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Awwwww! Is Apple copying again?

15. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

They always did.

48. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no, they steal...

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, would you go as far as to say that Bugatti Veyron copied Ford T-Bucket because Veyron has an 'Internal Combustion Engine' like T-Bug, lad? If not, would you say that Bugatti Veyron copied Horse Carriages because they both share one thing common; WHEELS...? It's called Technology... But I do agree that Apple is far to reluctant to embrace AMOLEDs which are without a doubt, more superior...

22. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Welcome back.

28. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Thanks lad...! Now I'll be on my best behavior from now on...! The world can't take truth (or a joke) any more...

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

GreenMan if the bugatti veyron looked like the Ford T i would say copy for sure.

51. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Essentially the same reason apple sued samsung for the original galaxy tabs for design because it was rectangular and had a screen

46. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL, you just got rekt again

19. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A pot calling the kettle black...! That precisely describe & defines "Mr. Transformer's" attitude and overall character... G'Day!

21. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Most iFans don't know what to do in between the yearly iRapture events. For some of them, perhaps those whose iFaith is faltering, there is a need to make all these mockups of the upcoming iHolyDevices, to tide them over until their patron, Saint Ive, brings down the real thing from iHeaven. iLight.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

iFaith?? Really dude?

38. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats would be a pretty nice Car name. Apple iFaith automotive.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How's it going? You know what I'm talking about.

30. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

No we don't know what your talking about? Explain us? You've got something to hide?

35. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No progress so far, but fingers crossed, hopefully soon I ll be there. Thanks for asking budd

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're welcome bro, keep on it. It's a great opportunity. Good luck Salaam.

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