Apple reportedly tasks Samsung with 100 million 5.5" AMOLED panels for a 2017 iPhone

Apple reportedly tasks Samsung with 100 million 5.5
Well, well, well, what do we have here. The Chinese edition of the Wall Street Journal just cited a source out of Korea which claims that Apple has signed a 3-year contract with Samsung to supply it with OLED panels for future iPhones. So far, so good, this Samsung-Apple partnership, as well as the rumored OLED switch have been rumored for a while.

The new piece in this report, however, is how concrete it is in explaining the size and quantity of AMOLED displays that Apple has allegedly ordered Samsung to make, and the fact that their first use is scheduled for the eventual iPhone 7S next year. The source tips that Apple has tasked Samsung with producing no less than a 100 million 5.5" AMOLED panels, indicating that those are to be used in the larger, iPhone 7S Plus version, rather than the iPhone 7S, or whatever Apple decides to name it. Unless the current 4.7-inch display diagonal of the smaller iPhone grows up in size, that is, which we somehow doubt. Samsung has apparently set aside a whole production line at its Asan plant for the order.

The timing of the OLED iPhone release has also seemingly been moved forward in this report. So far, we've been hearing that Apple won't release such a handset before 2018 or 2019 at the earliest, including from reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Well, that same analyst is now singing the 2017 song, and not only corroborating today's story out of Korea that Apple will use AMOLED for at least one of its 2017 iPhone models, but also fleshing out the design overhaul as a return to the glass-metal fusion we had before the iPhone 6.

There is barely a large mobile display maker that hasn't been rumored to be in talks with Apple on OLED screen panels by now - Samsung, Sharp, JDI, AUO and LG have all been speculated already - so with today's story, it seems like a good bet that Apple will try and set the potential iPhone 7S Plus apart with the use of an AMOLED screen. Now, whether that one will be curved or flat, given that Samsung will be the chief supplier, remains a mystery, but something tells us that Apple won't have much distinctive use for a flexible OLED panel (even Samsung doesn't at the moment, Edge UX or not), while Samsung may want to keep at least a little differentiation for its own AMOLED-laden phones, too.

source: WSJ China

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50 Comments

1. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If the screen found on s7 edge was to come packed with iPhone 7, you'd hear all the praises and pros from all sides.

25. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Very true .. but i love the screen of my S7 Edge more than if it will be on an iPhone

43. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

iPhone 7s hasn't even yet been launched, and you already find its AMOLED inferiour to S7 Edge!

48. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Im surprised that you are surprised. You should have learned this by now.

50. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

I'm an Apple fan and I accept the S6, S7 have better displays than iPhones! Anytime, Anyday!

52. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Honestly, I knew Apple's waiting on OLED had nothing to do with waiting till the tech was mature. It was all about waiting till it became cheaper so that they could continue to make killer profit margins

55. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 637; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Very true. I also can't help but wonder how this will affect Apple's recently added Night Shift feature, seeing how altering the color temperatures on AMOLED screens causes permanent damage.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Suddenly people will stop talking about AMOLED burn in because Apple will use it.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

yet brainless "fanboys" will still find ways to bash Apple.. oh humanity

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Almost all fanboys always finds ways bash the competition, sad reality indeed.

30. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

One thing that I cant understand is that no fanboy is involved in development or manufacturing or profit sharing of any of these brands, then why is this feeling of OWNERSHIP towards the brand thus fabricating the feeling of fanboyism. Every OEM is making so much of money due to this blind loyalty. More than 80% of the OEMs will not be making money at all if not for this loyalty.

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

check your own username.. btw, dunno about that loyalty, I've use smartphone from 6 different OEM since 2007, and I plan to jump to Mi5 (plus 6inch phablet as secondary) if Note6 isnt that great

37. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I always hated this website as most of the articles get to be centered around couple of brands. The user name was never created by me, the laptop that I use has already this user name saved, created by an older user, never bothered to create another one. As for loyalty, I am not a big fanboy but a huge Apple hater.

53. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I started off with LG qwerty phones, then went to Samsung with the Captivate, then to Sony with the ZR (the true first mini flagship), and now the Z3C. It looks very much like I'll be getting the HTC 10 this fall. So yeah, no brand loyalty here

49. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Said a Fanboy

5. verybeo

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

its not happen anymore

18. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Wrong. It happens as it is essential aspect of this technology. You only wish it won´t happen.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It will probably be QHD panel so 1440p will also become the norm now

33. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

From what I heard, Apple is discussing with Samsung to remove such drawbacks.

42. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Burn in amoled is so old news, modern amoled screens only have burn in if you use it extensively (max brightness with a static image displayed for many hours continuously) My old S3 has been heavily used for years and not a sign of burn in.

59. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

My S5 had burn in from the notification bar at the top after a year of use. My buddy had the same issue with his.

62. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sad. Also had the S5, and Note 4, no burn in from very heavy use.

45. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

What do you mean by that ? Apple's Amoled screens won't have burn in...... It's there innovation after all , in a few years time they'll be suing Samsung for infringement ..... lol

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol..welcome frooties to 2011!

7. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Any news on the resolution? iOLED is coming boys

8. Shocky unregistered

As if Apple were going to go with anyone else, nobody comes close to Samsung's AMOLED displays.

32. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Slowly Samsung is letting all those brilliant features, that were exclusive to it which was responsible factor for getting to sell millions of devices, slip away to the competition. A day might come when Sammy is at most as good as Foxconn/Sharp/other manufacturers which is very detrimental to the whole mobile industry as there will be no competition to Apple in the mobile industry and monopoly is never good in any sector.

12. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I'm hoping PhoneArena will write a news stating that Apple iPhone 7S with some of its gimmicky features like the cumbersome 3D Touch copies/resembles Android smartphones with its AMOLED display. It's so unfair they always hit on Samsung. I have an iPhone 6S Plus, BTW. I got it free from my platinum post-paid plan.

13. leotrim

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Better late than never :D SAMSUNG THE KING

19. Marduch

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Great, finally the burn-in issue will be solved, when Apple takes this technology over. I can´t imagine at all that so sofisticated company like Apple would use this type of display which is being self-damaged through longterm high-brighntness usage.

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