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.