Apple display suppliers tipped working on flexible OLED panels for a future iPhone

Apple display suppliers tipped working on flexible OLED panels for a future iPhone
An Apple patent for a phone with curved display was recently unearthed, indicating that the company might be exploring that direction in the future, and securing it in the USPTO just in case, as it usually does. Unlike most of these patent filings, however, Apple might be actively pursuing devices with flexible OLED panels, tip insiders for a Korean publication.

Why Korea? Well, Samsung and LG account for the bulk of flexible OLED display research and production, while LG is one of Apple's screen suppliers, too. The source claims that "major Korean display manufacturers" are currently pitching the virtues of flexible screens to Apple, and LG has even scheduled a transformation for one of its LCD lines to be turned into an OLED-making enterprise.

Now, LG has its own devices with flexible displays, like the G Flex 2, plus it supplies the OLEDs for the Apple Watch, but where there's smoke, there might be fire. “It is very likely that the first flexible iPhone may be introduced in 2018, as Apple's top-tier display suppliers are working on it,” claims the source. Well, while 2018 might seem far away, Apple is known for waiting until a novel technology matures enough, and proves its mettle in terms of added value for the consumer, so, while it might not introduce a crazy bendy iPhone, it could use flexible OLED displays for their other virtues, like thinness and durability. What do you think?


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55 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

could the flexible OLED be used for force-touch? the Apple Watch has a flexible OLED display despite not being curved

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No it can't, because the glass used in touchscreens is not flexible like a piece of cloth. Using plastic may make force touch possible with local flexing, but plastic is very easy to scratch and will not last.

28. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

One thing for certain: Apple won't use the disgusting pentile ones from Sammy.

35. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Tell me more.

52. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Apple will have to use whatever is available in the market - because they don't manufacture 5hit bro. So you may well be stuck with a Samsung screen because they're ahead of the pack, and Apple have just resigned screen, RAM and CPU manufacture agreements.. LOL so much hate for Samsung, when your POS iPhone will have Sammy inside hahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah​ahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha

34. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That's going to be to late, game over for Apple if there 1st phone will be 2018

38. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Game over? Apple currently OWNS the market with 93% of total profits while the Lagdroid OEMs are forced to play a zero-sum game for the remaining less than 7% for bare survival. Have we ever witnessed something bragging about 85% market share and less than 7% profit share? That says only one thing: Lagdroid is an unbelievably stupid POS.

51. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Of course you're only talking about USA market with your blinkers on. Globally, its a different story all together iPhanBuster

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Of course Our current touchscreens already sensor pressure (but they probably aren't as accurate as those with Force Touch)

21. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Apple's future innovation..

50. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Must be doing this to hide "bendgate" hahahaha Now the response will be - "it was designed to bend".. bwahahahahaha

2. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Apple now in OLED? Tim cook once thrashed samsung for using OLED display. Now who is following whom? Will samsung sue apple?

22. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I don't think Tim Cook doomed OLED forever. When Samsung was starting to use OLED displays, they were inferior to LCD screens. The technology evolved though and is mature now. It makes sense for Apple to investigate it.

29. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Another apple fanboy. Can not take criticism.

41. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I can take criticism and I criticize Apple myself quite often. But honestly, I don't like foolish, one-sided, unbalanced and insulting criticism and obvious wrong statements I don't like either. You don't criticize, you accuse, I currently use an iPhone 6 but owned a Sony Xperia Z2, Z3 compact and Tablet Z3 compact. After 6 months, I started to miss iOS and went back. I am certainly no fanboy since I investigate other platforms as well and spend money on them.

42. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

no point arguing here if you use a iphone your a fanboy this is PA comments, the land of trolling and insults no real intelligent discussions to be had here , most people on PA are biased fanboys of certain products themselves, yet comment about others endlessly just look up their comment history and see how many articles they post in , in the end PA has only fanboys no real tech enthusiasts. even if you like all devices you end up becoming a troll yourself at some point due to the endless arguments with other trolls.

43. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I see. So this website then is only good for reading latest rumors/ news on smartphones/ tablets?

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Not at all actually. They were never inferior. That is just ifan logic, the technology was inferior until Apple uses it. It's never been that way for anything Apple is late to the party with. That includes HSPA+ that the iPhone 4s didn't use, NFC that the 5s didn't use, and now OLED displays. The technology was there and Apple just didn't want to use them because they couldn't profit hugely from them yet. Don't give me that bs about it being inferior because they never were.

53. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Correct me if I am wrong, but the article states that Apple is looking into the technology. It does not state that Apple has decided to use the technology in their iPhones. Apple has also patents for Quantum Dot displays. That means that Apple is obviously also looking into this kind of display technology. It is right from Apple to really investigate all these technologies.

37. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

LG Was the first with oled Display samsung follow and now apple

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They already have curved/bent iPhone's. It's call the iPhone 6plus and the iPhone 6.

7. Nopers unregistered

Wow, a bendgate joke, aren't you about 9 months late to that party? If your phone bends you aren't properly taking care of your possessions. We all know by now that it was blown out of proportion, apple sold about 75 million iPhones, I'm guessing that less than 0.001% of them show a noticeable bend, and considerably less than that encounter hardware problems because of the bend.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Hold on, hold on... Nopers... they havent posted the link to that youtube video yet...

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Working for a big mobile network myself I have personally seen at least 3 iphone 6 and maybe five or six iphone 6s come back to us instore over the last couple of months bent out of shape so it does happen quite a bit but the quantity isnt reported. Apple of course simply told thd customers it was physical damage

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They changed the material in the next iPhone, that is how big this problem is. It probably costs them several million to hundreds of millions of dollars to make that change so it isn't out of the goodness of their hearts. The hardcore iFans will deny it till their grave after which the ghost of Jobs will confirm it was that big of a problem.

40. Nopers unregistered

Well, I did say it's mostly due to carelessness of the owner, I never said it didn't happen. I'm just saying more often than not it's the owners fault by being careless. I don't see a real life situation that would cause the phone to bend that is impossible to avoid with common sense (an example being putting your phone in your back pocket and sitting on it. Solution = put it in your front pocket)

54. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Um 9 iPhones out of the millions sold, that doesn't even come close to making it a widespread issue. Bendgate was way blown out of proportion by the Apple hating crowd, which is typical.

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes it's late but this is also the perfect seguay for the joke to reappear.

33. TBomb

Posts: 1397; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Agreed

31. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Did they not change the design in the volume button area after "bendgate" popped up?

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