Report: Apple's OLED 3D Touch panel vendors to spend $315 million for capacity expansion
The Apple iPhone 8 (or iPhone X according to some reports) will supposedly be the first Apple smartphone to use an OLED panel. That calls for a thin-film solution requiring different manufacturing technology. The 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 7s Plus are both rumored to stick with LCD panels. Most analysts, including KGI Securities' Ming -Chi Kuo, say that Apple won't go exclusively with OLED for the iPhone until 2018.
Making the switch is going to cost Apple some money. The LCD 3D Touch panels are believed to be sourced by Apple at a cost of $9 each. The thin-film panels used for the OLED displays are priced 67% higher at $15 each.