Samsung suggested as sole supplier of OLED displays for next two iPhone revisions

It has been widely rumored that next yearApple may ditch flat IPS displays in favor of dual-curved OLED screens for an almost bezel-less look for an alleged premium iPhone model. It has also been rumored that Samsung, the world's biggest manufacturer of OLED screens, is very likely to be one of the suppliers of display panels for said device. However, a new report by South Korean publication BusinessKorea suggests that Samsung may end up as the exclusive supplier of display tech for upcoming iPhones for “at least two years.”

According to anonymous industry sources cited by the publication, Samsung may be the sole supplier of OLED panels for iPhones “until the end of 2018,” as it is the only display manufacturer with an output large enough to meet Apple's demands.

Furthermore, Samsung's subsidiary Samsung Display has been supplying OLED displays for smartphones the better part of a decade and its experience in the field currently remains unmatched by other manufacturers.

Industry observers are predicting that if Samsung ends up as the sole supplier of displays for next year's iPhones, Samsung Display's operating profit in 2017 will rise to upwards of $3.3 billion, as Apple is projected to sell more than 50 million iPhones with OLED displays next year alone.

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1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I doubt, HIGHLY DOUBT that Apple is going to launch an OLED iPhone next year... Knowing Apple, it will launch an "iPhone 7" with a slightly modified hardware, perhaps 3 Gigs of RAM and equal data transfer speeds all across the board, Qualcomm Modems, and maybe... The dual camera might also make its way to the 'lesser' iPhone... And BOOM...!!! THE iPHONE 7... Now with an "S"... iPeople (more un-formally known as "iSheep") around the globe will "marathon" their way to the nearest Apple Store and get in mile long ques... And the critics all across the globe (including the Phone Arena, of course) will come forward and give it rave reviews and label it as "The best iPhone ever"... Come-on Green, since when you started predicting the future...? Well, some things are predictable, and Apple is no exception...! "I believe I can see the future; because "Apple" repeat the same routine..." Everyday is exactly the same... G'Day!

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2518; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would normally agree with you on any other year, because that is the formula Apple has followed in the past. However, I believe that Apple will indeed come out with something that is considered new and "fresh" (I didn't want to use the word "innovative" because I'm sure they'll be releasing some technology that has already been seen or talked about before). I base my reasoning on two points: 1. iPhone sales this year (and I think smartphone sales in general) were low compared to recent years 2. The general public, and more importantly investors, are seeing Apple as becoming stale with their product line and this is putting pressure on Tim Cook to perform better. With this being the iPhone's 10th anniversary, people are going to want to see something new and innovative - it just remains to be seen whether Apple can live up to this expectation. If they don't, I think iPhone sales will experience another slump and people may be looking towards another CEO at Apple.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Nice NIN reference. If it were not for the fact that it's the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone I'd be inclined to agree with you, but there have been rumours now for over a year that the iPhone 7 wouldn't see too many significant updates because Apple was wanting to launch the 2017 iPhone with several major upgrades. And to be perfectly honest, the iPhone 7 didn't really do much that the iPhone 6s hadn't already done so there may be some validity to the theory that the iPhone will come with an OLED display this year. Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting anything groundbreaking, but plenty that'll be new to the iOS crowd, curved displays, wireless charging, stuff like that...

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I was hoping someone would get the reference...! G'Day!

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

But but kumar123 said samsungs oled is bad. why does apple go for bad tech? is he implying that apple is bad?

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No Timmy, it is because kumar123 is a classic Apple hypocrite which bashes non-violent adopted tech until Apple endorses it. Regardless, the rumor mill has to keep the sheep interested or they might jump ship to other companies. Salvation is coming always next year when you're an iFan.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bubbadoes is crying like a baby, after reading this article.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Do you enjoy watching other people put their feet in their mouth? lol

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

In his case, oh yeahhhhhh lol.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry Dark, but your comment took on a whole nother meaning with Kiko007's post, and your "oh yeahhhhhh" really really skews the context. LOL!

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO understood.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I do......but that's more a fetish than anything :).

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ha ha ha!!! Well, I can't say that I feel the same, but thanks for the laugh you crazy guy, you!

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great... enjoy your over-saturated, burn-in, pentile display... as I know, iPhone fans really love that kind of display /s

15. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Where are the Samsung bashers now?

16. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

ahahaha wonder what the Isheeps gonna say when they look at the beautiful screen and know straight up that it's a Samsung product. LOL

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Samsung sole supplier of OLED displays to Apple... It'll be entertaining to see how them ifans will praise the Samsung display which they were notoriously bashing in the past!

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm actually curious to see if Samsung can meet the demand. Up till now hasn't Apple always relied on multiple suppliers for the majority of the iPhone's individual components?

19. obedchuni

Posts: 339; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

hope samsung can meet apple's demand, if they could not then LG and Sharp may provide the needed OLED panels, Neways each and every company are dependent on each other, hope we could see new iphone 8 with the OLED panels, sales would be soaring high, if they would come up with apple pencil for iphone 8 then samsung note line would be in trouble for sure.....always a fan rommel

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