Apple could soon ditch LCD displays in favour of all-OLED iPhone series

Apple could soon ditch LCD displays in favour of all-OLED iPhone series
Apple iPhone XS' OLED display

Since the iPhone X’s introduction in 2017, Apple has become increasingly dependent on OLED displays for its latest devices and, as revealed by a new report by The Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino-based giant could go all-in with the tech in 2020.

According to today’s information, Apple supplier Japan Display is currently preparing a detailed contingency plan for when this happens. This would involve two new investors taking a combined stake of 30% in the manufacturer and greater control, something that would greatly help it navigate its way through the future without Apple’s business.

As things stand, LCD panels for iPhones account for around half of Japan Display’s revenue. Previously the company did announce plans to start manufacturing OLED panels sometime this year but Apple is yet to place any orders for these. In fact, the Silicon Valley company currently relies on both Samsung and LG for these panels.

As well as using OLED displays across the board, 2020 is set to be the year in which Apple does away with its controversial notch in favor of both punch holes and in-display technology. In addition to this, the lineup is rumored to integrate 5G support for the first time with the help of an Intel modem. However, it currently remains unclear if 5G will be reserved for the two most expensive models.

One final possibility for 2020 includes the introduction of Apple’s first foldable smartphone. A number of patents have previously revealed that Apple is toying with the idea, while a Samsung executive recently suggested its rival was working on a device too. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee this will happen and Apple could either scrap such a device entirely or choose to release it at a later date.

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30 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple is going to need to make some drastic changes and say that they are all in with iPhone without cutting back on features. This is where they will continue to start to loose customers as they continue to hold back features while keeping high prices. There is a point years ago while it mattered to have the Apple brand, but now consumers have really looked at more options for their smartphone purchases.

4. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"but now consumers have really looked at more options for their smartphone purchases." haven't noticed this. people who i know who owns android phone keep buying android phones and people who i know who own iPhone keep buying iPhones. one guy switched from samsung to iPhone and one guy who i know went from iPhone to huawei. Almost everyone stay in the ecosystem where they are and that's how it's been a long time. but one thing i have noticed those android people who buy android phones basicly almost all had samsung phone and nowdays almost everyone of them have Huawei.

8. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And all the people who I know gave their iPhones to charities and switched to Android. Not only that, they said their 150 dollars android phones are much better than their old iPhones. See how easy it is to lie on PA?

13. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

But why lie? What i said is true. People and especially masses change ecosystem very rarely. It's just like trying to get Windows user to try MAC or opposite. Very few switch.

12. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

@midan Different situation happened to me. Coworkers who used iphone 7 before are now using note 9 and huaweis. One lone cowboy use xiaomi and I think their numbers will increase.

16. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Yes yes it happens some people always change each other, but the overall trend is that almost everyone stick in ecosystem where they are. Just like it's same in computer market, tablet market, TV market you name it. Currently iPhone is getting more users than who are leaving from it and for Apple that's the most important thing.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Why can't you just admit that people are tired of paying high prices and speaking with their wallets. Apple and Samsung are both getting hit hard because people are seeing that they can get just as good of a phone for $300 to $400 less and in the case of the Max $400 to $600 less. They both better wake up

2. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Took apple years to change to oled, I wonder how many years will it take them to change the battery quality and capacity?

3. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

What you mean by battery quality? they use exact same battery than everyone else, so maybe they can get better when battery companies do better batteries? about capacity, the space inside phone is limited, they propably have as big battery as they can do with the parts they have.

9. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then explain how phones with similar form factor, have more hardware inside their bodies, yet are equipped with bigger batteries? Have you never seen an iPhone teardown? There's always so much space wasted in the iPhones. As for the battery quality, there is a reason why the iPhone's battery life takes a hit after a year or so of owning the device, either the batteries used are cheap, or Apple is doing their magic with software updates to force people to upgrade.

10. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

don't know what you are talking about, i always use iPhones atleast two years and haven't noticed any hit for battery after year. Now going second year with my X and battery is still as good as when i bought it. "Then explain how phones with similar form factor, have more hardware inside their bodies, yet are equipped with bigger batteries?" How can you compare those? every phone have different parts inside and parts have to be in certain places. what phones were you thinking so we can see the specs from those? "There's always so much space wasted in the iPhones" care to explain? interestingly no-one have never said that but of course you know how to build phones ;) According to teardowns everything is very small and even layered so the parts can fit inside. for example read this about X compared to 8 plus. "How did Apple put even more tech in 70% of the footprint? By folding the board in half, of course. The two halves are soldered together, so we got some help from our hosts Circuitwise and their BGA hot air rework station to separate the layers. With the pieces separated, we tallied the area of all of the separate layers, and added it up to 135% of the iPhone 8 Plus logic board's area. Way to go putting more into less, Apple. The iPhone X logic board is the first double-stacked board we've seen in an iPhone since the very first iPhone (third photo)." Doesn't sound like they are wasting the space, sounds more like they try to use every space they can?

14. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"Now going second year with my X and battery is still as good as when i bought it." Good for you. Maybe you're not a heavy user type but trust me, wait 6 months and you will have problem with it.

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

He obviously has a magic battery that doesn’t degrade.

25. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

When i bought the phone i got easily one full day, still getting it. I'm not counting minutes. Haven't noticed any noticable difference. After 6 months i'm quite close to new iPhone which i very likely buy so don't really care.

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

Moving those goalposts, eh? I thought iPhones lasted so long, no one needed to upgrade, hence, lower sales? You can’t have it both ways, son.

18. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

My iPhone X is 7 months old, and my battery life is at 96%. There is no way that your battery is just as good as new. That’s not how batteries work. Go lie somewhere else.

22. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

My wife's XS is less than 6 weeks old and is already at 97%. She only use her phone for browsing the internet or texting, no gaming whatsoever.

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

That’s about how mine was. At least the the degradation has slowed down. Batteries are batteries...there’s no secret Apple magic one.

5. DolmioMan

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

This means they’re finally adopting USB-C. The phones will probably be the same thickness but they’re getting Samsung’s thinner display tech. The only reason they haven’t adopted USB-C this far is because it physically doesn’t fit under the display (LCD is why the lightning port is off centre on the XR)

6. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I'm pretty sure that isn't the reason for lack of USB-C

7. shiv179

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Samsung is the only company that seems to do OLED screens correctly. Apple may end up falling back on Samsung. Samsung would definitely be smiling all the way to the bank if that happens :)

15. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If apple goes ultra cheapskate and buy lg or boe oled, tim cook is dead meat.

29. mootu

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

BOE is already a supplier for the iPad and Macbook and Apple is in talks with them to supply OLED, maybe for the 2019 XR.

11. civicsr2cool

Posts: 257; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

This sucks. LCD>OLED in nearly every possible measure. Even the Aftermarket LCD panels for the iPhone X are better than the official Oled ones..

27. Wazupmrg

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

So, basically COPYING every other android phone that's been out for the last few years? Lol.

28. midan

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You really didn't know that there still lot of LCD Android phones? There was even news yesterday that Samsung will release midrange LCD phones because those are cheaper to make.

30. harvestcellular

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yes but I believe the main reason they can't right now is because there simply isn't enough OLED manufactures and hardware to produce enough panels for iphones/ipads right now. Even if the cost is higher, it's only temporary because when Apple does so in large numbers the market will adapt and cost will come down.Likewise, Samsung is a large producer of OLED and Apple prefers not to use them so they will likely wait to use on all phones until they can acquire an LCD manufacture or a different 3rd party can supply them. I know this because I work in lcd industry athttp://lcdbuyer.com

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