Display manufacturers said to be gearing up for the iPhone's switch to an OLED screen in 2017

Display manufacturers said to be gearing up for the iPhone's switch to an OLED screen in 2017
With a major design change looming for the 2017 version of the Apple iPhone (which may or may not be the iPhone 8), Apple suppliers are getting ready for the tenth-anniversary model of the phone, and are expecting it to carry an OLED screen with a higher resolution than what will be used on this fall's  Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

A company called Applied Materials has seen orders for equipment used to make displays rise by a factor of four. The assumption is that Apple's suppliers are behind some of these purchases as they start tooling up in preparation of Apple's switch to an OLED screen in 2017. Three Apple suppliers, LG, Samsung and (Foxconn owned) Sharp have all recently announced that they have been spending money on technology to build OLED screens.

The $700 million in machinery orders achieved by Applied Material last quarter was not only close to a typical full year's sales, it was up from the prior year's $180 million. These machines take three quarters or more to install, another sign that the big iPhone screen upgrade will come in 2017.


The advantages of using an OLED screen is that it doesn't require a back light like an LCD screen does. This means that the 2017 iPhone could be thinner (or even better, it might have more room for a higher capacity battery). Speaking of batteries, OLED screen require less power than LCD screens.

The screen on the Apple iPhone 6s is a 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel with a 750 x 1334 resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 326ppi. The Apple iPhone 6s Plus sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That works out to a 401ppi pixel density. Since everyone expects Apple to upgrade the screen next year, we might not see much change with the new handsets to be introduced this September.

source: Bloomberg

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60 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just how many "iPhone display manufacturer" article did you need to write? once a month? and why did iPhone have gazillion of articles already while note6 barely get any article?

5. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

And I am excited to see what those 'AMOLED burns' guys will say.

12. Unordinary unregistered

I am more excited to see what those people who think there will be people like that say when they realize Apple will fix the burn in issue.

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I am more excited to see #BurnInGate. LOL jk. But OLED>LCD.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple won't fix anything, least of all this non-issue. They will just be ordering stock from the experts who actually developed and perfected the technology.

51. Unordinary unregistered

If perfecting OLED includes burn ins on Note 5/6 then oh, ok. Lmffaaoo

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL already starting the BS fanboy logic. Apple is going to teach everyone how to stop the burn in issue in AMOLEDs, something they have 0 experience with and do not actually research or produce.

41. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If you haven't noticed, Apple snatched few high level oled egineers, they have good pile of patents for oled and they have spent over 2 billion in R&D in the last 3 months, so before writing that Apple has nothing with oled, just because they are so secretive, you should do some research. And also Apple Watch got one of the finest oleds, while iPad Pro got the best display ever on a mobile device. So why couldn't Apple make out the best oled panel in the world too ?

46. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Because they're all biased Fandroids, all spout the same crap all day long... Very much a herd mentality here, quite sheep-like ironically.

44. iushnt

Posts: 3152; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah now iFans will say Apple fixed the issue. Come on, it's clear now who are manufacturing them

2. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

for god sake we've been getting AMOLED for 3 years and QHD screens for the past 2 damn years and now when people think apple are going for them it's a big deal !? WTH ?! I like iPhones they are good smartphones but if they are stuck in the past and people praise them for every small insignificant advancement they make even if someone else got there first technology and smartphone competition will never move forward .. wake up people !

24. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I agree. But I think it's exciting, Apple is finally evolving.

34. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I used iPhone this year as my daily driver for a month and I really liked it.. and It feels awesome to think that now iPhone will have display i like most.. other thing Iphone need to do is bring stereo speakers (preferable on front).. iPhone is better for games already these things makes even better.

42. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

its not about what if the phone is good or not , its about the tech and features you are paying 700-1000 $ for, and that tech is not up there or worth that price

36. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

3 years ago Amoled was s**t and QHD on 5" is and will be completely useless

40. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

let me quote a great phone reviewer that I really respect , his name is flossy carter "when I'm paying 700$+ for a phone I want the phone to have all the features and all the latest tech out there whether I use it or not because that is what I paid for" its not word for word but that's the general idea

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 660; Member since: May 02, 2016

Wow .. Just Wow

4. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

6. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sooo....let me get this right. You expect people to completely integrate within big data A.I. (which has been around for years btw) within the next half decade? Uhhh......no. Hardware is King in today's smartphone market, although the predictions made in that article may come to pass in the future. However, none of the A.I.s at present offer enough to replace a company of Apple's magnitude. May I ask why you personally think it is a bad investment?

52. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

If u dont understand whats about and no need wasting time to explain.

53. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

What? You do understand that when making an argument for something, you should explain your reasoning correct? I correlated my perspective with facts, so I would like a rebuttal with actual information instead of conjecture. The rise of A.I. personal integration is on the way, no one is disputing that. However, there isn't any evidence that it can replace hardware within the near future.

7. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

From one of the !sh33p's: We only want that retina thingy. We don't need a higher resolution.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"!sh33p's" If you're going to insult people, at least know that "sheep" is already plural. Some of you really test my faith in the public education system SMDH :(.

11. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Apparently !sh33p's is another word. But thank this sensitive sheep for jumping in and reminding humans how to use the word to describe its race properly. This sheep even also laughed at its own race for calling a display a thingy. Well done :D

9. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Whoa....I jumped the gun. Turns out the only issue with your post is the apostrophe in "!sh33p's". Well that, and you calling a display a "thingy". Congrats :D!!!

10. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Think I know why samsung is holding back on the 4k screen. I imagine they are waiting for Apple to release a 2k screen then they can smash it to bits with a 4k announcement

19. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

And then, when Apple beats the Samsung in all the benchmarks, the Fandroids will again cry about their irrelevance because "it's offscreen that matters", "2K HAHAHA, I cAN C Pixcellz from 20 feet, pafettic sheeps iFans" etc. Do you want 4K on your phone? The extra battery drain, larger file sizes, slower processing speeds? For what? What do you gain? Oh, VR? Yeah right...

22. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, for VR. But it shouldn't concern you, since 750p is perfect until it isn't.

25. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Hardcore isheep detected.

30. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Hardcore twat detected. 750p is still fine, you guys just don't get it, if Apple never increase the resolution they'll still never lose customers because the resolution is fine for the job. You can't see the pixels when using the phone. The only people worried about 2k, 4k etc are tech geeks who only care about spec sheets, until benchmarks show iPhones are still faster and then the excuses come out... VR only really works well on the dedicated VR devices, even the current higher resolution phones still suck at it. If Apple increase resolution then fine, no problem, but no problem if they don't either.

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