Report: Apple has decided to use OLED on all three 2018 iPhone models

Report: Apple has decided to use OLED on all three 2018 iPhone models
A few days ago, we showed you a tweet from a Twitter user with the handle @laobaiTD. Included with that tweet was a photo allegedly showing the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 9 with OLED panels instead of LCD. As we pointed out in the article, no less than former KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had revealed earlier this year that Apple would include a lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone 9 with its 2018 releases. This model would have a single camera on back, no 3D Touch (due to a special layer placed on the screen) but would still feature an edge-to-edge display, the TrueDepth Camera, and Face ID. The buzz around the water cooler suggested that Apple wanted to sell this model for $550.

Well, it appears that there might be more truth to this story than originally thought. South Korea's Economic Times said today that Apple has indeed decided on using OLED panels on all three of its 2018 iPhone models. Besides the iPhone 9, we expect to see a sequel to the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen; this would be the iPhone Xs. Then, there is the iPhone Xs Plus with a massive 6.5-inch OLED display.

Investors in Japan seem to believe the report. One of the main sources of the LCD glass used by Apple for its iPhone (not including the iPhone X and its OLED screen) is Japan Display. In Tokyo on Monday, the company's shares plunged as much 20% on the report before rebounding. If all three new iPhone handsets for 2018 feature an OLED screen, Japan Display will end up selling fewer panels to Apple, which is something that its stockholders would not be happy to see.


source: Reuters

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40 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

But oled is crap... .we have heard it for years....

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Apple already make it better. /s

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Apple doesn’t make anything.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

He was being sarcastic.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2178; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So Apple hires engineers and scientists for what reason?

27. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

To design things for others to build for them. Apple doesn't make anything themselves, they only design products.

30. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

OLED Display is not designed by Apple, however, they designed the notch and display drivers.

37. apple-rulz

Posts: 2178; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So Apple would hire a Ph.D chemist to design what? Or Ph.D in physics, applied mathematics, etc. Why would those credentials be needed for design?

38. sgodsell

Posts: 7421; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple realizes if they go with an LCD display now. Then it will be harder to ask for more money if the display is only LCD. Apple is all about perception and looks, and how they can get the most money. The thing is Apple pretends that OLED displays cost so much more, but let's get one thing clear OLED is more, but it wasn't $300 more over an iPhone 8. And it certainly wasn't $200 more than an iPhone 8 plus. Apple even drove the iPhone 8 and 8 plus up by $50 for basically the same thing.

34. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Well done at designing antennagate XD

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31268; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Times change man.

3. fyah_king unregistered

Next week report, two iPhones will come with lcd.

6. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

What will happen to the price?

8. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

HahahahaaaaaThey try not to mention samsung in Apple articles, but when the news is about samsung they do not waste time and mention their favorite fan boy brand.

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Hope they won't jack up the prices.

31. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You already know the answer

35. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

They won't jackstik it for sure XD

10. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Crapmoled no please

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Mediocrity sums it up.

17. DuanLe

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

Iphone 9, Iphone Xs, Iphone Xs Plus. How about iphone 9 plus ???

21. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What about the SE 2 will that be OLED too?

23. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I still don't understand the screen sizes. The cheaper iPhone will carry a 6.1 inch screen while the more expensive, highend model will come in 5.8? The Plus will obviously be much larger and more expensive but this cheaper model would likely eat into the regular Xs sales. Why would they do that?

24. Stranded87

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Guys...the report is talking about 2019's iPhones, not this year's.

26. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Samsung probably offered them a good deal after they are stuck with millions of unsold OLED panels from the iPhone X, to which Apple halved the orders as per earlier articles.

28. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

it's funny that phonearena haven't fixed this news, the source clearly talking about 2019, not 2018.

29. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

No is OLED is crapmoled poor in subpixels

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31268; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

6.5 inch, here I come. OLED, split view, picture in picture, bring it on.

36. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

My friend working for Samsung Display confirmed: 5.85" and 6.46". No 6.1" OLED!

39. MOSFET

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

But OLED pentile displays reduce effective resolution producing text that is less crisp than equivalent LCDs. A retrograde step.

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