WSJ: Apple to consider advanced LCD panels from Japan Display for some future iPhone models

WSJ: Apple to consider advanced LCD panels from Japan Display for some future iPhone models
With Apple launching the first iPhone to feature an OLED panel later this year with the iPhone X, next year all three 2018 iPhone models are expected to ship with an OLED screen on board. Despite this game plan, a report in today's Wall Street Journal says that Apple is contemplating using some advanced LCD screens made by Japan Display for certain models being manufactured in the future.

The LCD panels, called "Full Active" by Japan Display, are expected to make up 70% of the company's business in the smartphone and smart device sector for the year that ends in March 2019. So far, interest in the "Full Active" advanced LCD panels has come from Xiaomi for its new phone with an edge-to-edge display known as the Mi MIX 2. The bezels surrounding the "Full Active" LCD screens are as small as .5mm compared to several mm on older LCD displays. Bezels on current OLED panels weigh in at about 1mm.

Even though sequel models to the 2017 Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus, (the iPhone 8s and iPhone 8s Plus respectively) are supposed to come with OLED displays in 2018, Japan Display says that its new LCD screens can provide the advantages of an OLED panel at a lower price. Samsung currently produces the OLED displays that will be used on the iPhone X. These panels are priced at $110 for each unit, about twice the price of an LCD screen.

Japan Display will begin mass producing its OLED screens in April 2019. Apple might turn to Japan Display's LCD screens for older iPhone models that it could still be producing in the near future, such as an updated version of the Apple iPhone SE.

source: WSJ

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14 Comments

1. w1000i

Posts: 249; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

We need 10 years to get a good quality OLED that doesn't burn in

2. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Wait for microLED

9. Avieshek unregistered

Apple also hold patents for Quantum-Dots.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7377; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing that everyone is forgetting, is OLED displays are really thin. LCD displays are a lot thicker in comparison to OLED displays. OLED pixels light up individually, LCD displays rely on the background to light up the display, which will always make LCD displays thicker. Not to mention the contrast is superior with OLED displays.

14. Cat97

Posts: 1893; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No one asked for thin phones anyway.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Burn-in is kinda natural in OLED display, as it's organic, which means it decays with time. But there are a number of ways to combat burn-in and improve lifespan of OLED. Samsung doubles the number of blue pixels and applies less power to it, as blue pixels are more prone to burn-in than the redand green ones. Besides, I haven't experienced burn-in in Samsung OLED displays since the Galaxy S4... seriously.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not all displays are created perfect. Each one will have it's flaws. It's just that display tech are quickly advancing right now, those flaws are decreasing.

7. Avieshek unregistered

Hold your horses, it could be for iPads instead so it could too have a notch.

5. scarface21173

Posts: 692; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Apple will continue to use lcd screens as it comes down to profit margin. Everyone knows oled screens are the best just expensive atm.

6. ibend5

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

OLED screen is expensive but not too expensive for $600+ smartphone.. (samsung's mid-ranger already use FullHD superAMOLED since long time ago, even their low-end use superAMOLED)

8. Avieshek unregistered

Samsung's J-series too uses Super AMOLED displays but in 720p. Still AMOLED and now, the prices has upgraded to above $1000s

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple sucks anyway!

11. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Bezel size of the display panel was last thing I could think about as an advancement on LCD technology. Actually LCD panels with such thin bezels on the market for a few of years. https://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-outs-a-durable-5.3-display-with-the-worlds-narrowest-bezel_id62310 iPhones have thick bezels, just because Apple makes them that way, not because of limitation of LCD technology. Even iPhone X has thick side bezels. I was expecting a new LCD technology makes possible OLED like contrast and superior brightness like this: https://www.anandtech.com/show/10874/panasonic-develops-ips-panel-with-10000001-contrast-ratio-1000-nits-brightness Or a technology allows higher resolution without compromising brightness like this: http://newatlas.com/subpixel-tuning-displays-improve-resolution/49700/

12. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

In other words: did not get a superamoled display supplier

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