Apple rumored to experiment with OLED displays starting with its 2016 iPhones and/or iPads

Apple rumored to experiment with OLED displays starting with its 2016 iPhones and/or iPads
Although they're relatively new compared to LCD screens, OLED panels have gained a lot of traction lately. Just yesterday, we brought to your attention that a report from China claims that Huawei will soon start using OLED panels in its smartphones, perhaps starting with the rumored Huawei Nexus phablet. As it turns out, a new rumor emerging today from an IHS - a market research firm - official claims that more companies are looking to adopt OLED displays in their upcoming devices.

According to Kevin Wang, Technology Research Director over at IHS, Apple is considering the adoption of OLED panels in some of its 2016 devices. Unfortunately, Wang did not specify for which product category Apple is considering making the switch to OLED, although there's a very good chance that he's referring to smartphones (iPhones) or tablets (iPads). Now, since this would be such a major shift for Apple, make sure to digest this information with a hefty dose of the proverbial salt.

Interestingly, the Cupertino-based tech giant will allegedly not use Samsung AMOLED panels in its upcoming devices. Although Wang does not mention which other OLED supplier Apple is planning to turn to, we have a couple of ideas, but bear in mind that we can't verify our assumptions for the time being.

One display maker that comes to mind is Samsung's cross-town rival. LG Display already makes display panels for the iPhone 6, and its relationship with Apple is a tried and tested one. Furthermore, it should also be mentioned that the Apple Watch was the first Apple device to integrate OLED technology, a flexible P-OLED display from LG to be more specific. LG probably has the large yields that Apple requires.

On the other hand, a report dating back this April said Apple is said to equip next-gen iPads with OLED panels from JOLED, a lesser-known display maker that is allegedly ramping up 9.7-inch OLED panel production. An even older report suggested that Foxconn is pouring $2.6 billion in a brand new display factory that will allegedly make OLED panels for Apple by the end of 2015.

Wang also confirms previous rumors according to which Huawei is getting ready to integrate OLED panels in its upcoming smartphones. Furthermore, the IHS official also claims that Xiaomi will soon start selling devices - smartphone, we think - with OLED screens. 

source: Kevin Wang via GforGames

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88 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

hahahahahahahaha

18. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahahahahahahahahahahahha if they not Samsung oled they be crap

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well not really. LG's POLED is currently being used on a number of Android Wear devices, and Apples watch. The main thing is all these OLED display are using less power then any IPS display. The main problem with IPS displays is if you only want to light up a few pixels, then the entire panel has to be powered on. What is funny is all the Apple people were always saying that IPS is better. Now they are going to go with an OLED display. I remember using my first OLED display with a Samsung smart phone back in 2010. I prefer OLED display's over IPS any day of the week.

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Same here. I used to be an LCD guy in 2010...until I actually had a phone with OLED later that year. Now its all I want. Even for the Vita....I wont get the LCD version if I can help it, I want the orig OLED one.

34. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Apple fans never said IPS is better. They said they love the Retina display. Apple is choosing, designing and using the best displays available. if it was IPS Apple choosed it because it was the best tech at that time. And people love it. And when Apple will came up with an oled that's better than their IPS they will use it. And people will love it.

40. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except for the past several years the best displays haven't been on iPhones, they've been on Samsung phones. So, no, they weren't choosing the best. And, yes, iFans were saying that IPS is better. They were claiming that AMOLED was inaccurate, cartoonish, dim...

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

AMOLED took time to mature. For a time IPS wasn't necessarily better, but more accurate at color reproduction. that's not the case anymore.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There's no doubt about that. Early AMOLED was nowhere near LCD. But for the past couple of years, it's been AMOLED all the way. That doesn't mean that IPS LCD wasn't good. It just wasn't as good.

53. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right! AMOLED has taken over. My 6 plus screen, wasn't nearly as good as the Edge. I totally agree with post 51.

54. Topcat488

Posts: 1412; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

It's just ANOTHER ploy by Apple in line with its incremental upgrades, to justify another Apps Launchers mediocre update... Apple intentionally leaves things off their iphone, that other OEM's YEARS before already uses... Trust me, only iPads Air 2 are getting "Multi-Window" capabilities, and not any iPhones... Samsung did this for the first Galaxy Note, and also the S-series has "Split Screen". It won't come to the iPhone until iph8. If then. Called NEW by the iPhonians... O.o

55. buccob

Posts: 2956; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Apple never chooses the best tech at any time... most of the time they chose old components and sell it as if it was the best at that time.

65. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and dont forget that they always use gimicky names to make old component/feature looks special, like retina display, facetime camera, iSight, Focus Pixels, Touch ID, Display Zoom, and so on

57. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"best tech at that time" Correction: "tech with decent quality but best profit margins". IPS hasn't been best for at least 2 years now. In reality, it's even longer, but Samsung was lazy before with calibration (could be done through 3rd party apps plus root access all the way back to the original Galaxy S though).

75. Simona unregistered

I think ppl here didn't realise THAT this article is talking about OLED .. And here (above, below) ppl thinks they talking about AMOLED Guys read properly title AGAIN ! It is NOT samsungs AMOLED but OLED which is used in expensive TVs ! OLED is now best quality after IPS .. For guuy above ; there is NO any OLED smartphone exist YET !

76. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Stop being a tool. AMOLED is a type of OLED. In TV's you mostly (LG) find

80. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

OLED stands for organic light emitting diode. AMOLED stands for active matrix light emitting diode. They're both organic light-emitting diode based technologies. So, yes, it does exist and smartphones now, and has for a couple of years.

88. Topcat488

Posts: 1412; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Please do some research before you SHOW how SMART you aren't.http://news.oled-display.net/oled-display-costs-for-smartphones-to-fall-below-lcd-soon/

61. -SIR-

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Lmfao ...... So now iFans will be getting 2010 specs on their iToy 6+...

64. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iFans 2012 be like "IPS is better than AMOLED"

66. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and now they be like "OLED is better then AMOLED" and 3 years from now they say "AMOLED is better than SUPER AMOLED" and so on for the rest of human history

74. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

nah i prefer 12K AMOLED on my 5" devices. dem pixels, man.

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

get ready to stare at the best AMOLED displays ever made, even if its their 1st gen AMOLED display it will outdo Samsung's 8th generation AMOLED... they did it with the Apple Watch, and i don't see why not happening on larger surfaces like the iPhone and iPad

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

go home your frunk ( drunk and f**ked )

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

nah, you too blind to see reality

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess you are blind to see the reality, Apple would buy display from wither Samsung or LG. No company on earth can do magic if it's apple or Samsung, Samsung did R&D in amoled display for long time, if you think apple will take out better display from magic hat then you are not seeing the reality. If LG comes out with better display credits are due to LG.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

mistercarter you are the one that is blind or cannot read. LG is making the POLED display. Just like LG is currently making the Apple Watch displays. Apple doesn't make jack. BTW a number of Android Wear devices are also using LG's POLED displays right now, including LG's smart watches and the Huawei watch.

67. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ask any isheep and theyll say "apple create every single hardware and software inside iphone"

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You're quite full of it

12. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

it doesnt mean Apple wont put its money on R&D to improve technology already existent... that's why Apple Watch OLED display is better than LG's own smartwatches which also use OLED

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They use the LG Oled straight from LG itself. Do you have any proof it's better? Or is it just the Apple RDF talking here?

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