WSJ: Huge supplies of OLED screens for future iPhone models not likely to come on line until 2018

WSJ: Huge supplies of OLED screens for future iPhone models not likely to come on line until 2018
Starting next year with at least one iPhone model, the LCD screen used on Apple's iconic smartphone since day one is rumored to be replaced by an OLED panel. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there will be three 2017 iPhone models released next year, including one model made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the handset. It is that model that should have an OLED screen instead of the LCD display.

The OLED panel should provide iPhone users with more saturated colors, sharper images and better contrast. Battery life could also see an improvement. With all of these features, why not use an OLED screen on all 2017 iPhone units? The answer to that has to do with the limited supply of such panels next year. Apple is likely to be supplied by rival Samsung, which is essentially the only small screen OLED supplier at the moment that could produce most of the number of panels that Apple would demand. But that is due to change.

Companies like LG Display, Japan Display and Sharp (owned by contract manufacturer Foxconn) are gearing up for 2018 when all iPhone models are expected to use OLED displays. Despite having to battle for Apple's business with the newcomers, Samsung is likely to have higher yields enabling it to remain Apple's first choice for OLED until 2019 at the earliest. After that, Sharp could have the inside track since it is owned by one of the contract manufacturers used to assemble the iPhone and iPad.

At least one iPhone model in 2017 is expected to have a front made completely of glass, with no buttons. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner is expected to be embedded under the display. With an edge-to-edge screen, this new design will cover all iPhone models starting in 2018, at the same time that the switch to OLED is complete.

source: WSJ

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24 Comments

2. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Meaning there's gonna be a 7s....

14. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This was obvious.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

So 2018 would be the best time to upgrade to an iphone I guess. I really want to switch to ios, i've been using android for 6 years

7. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I got the 7 plus this year and love it. Been with Android since the GS1

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Before I became an android user in 2010 I was using a windows mobile device. I think I really should try out an iphone since I never had one before

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Bought a 7 Plus and I can't say I am entirely happy with it. Sure it's build quality is slightly better than my Galaxy S7 Edge, but the screen and picture quality isn't quite on par. Was expecting a whole lot more cause my iPhone 4S was second to none when it came out.

10. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It would be a painful regretful decision. You're locking yourself up. Don't get brainwashed mate. Tell me you're not one of those silly people who risk everything just for the sake of an iPhone. I mean that's a very dangerous propaganda machine that brainwashed people never see it.

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

no need....surface phone is coming

5. Papa_Ji

Posts: 769; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Imagine when Samsung will stop supply of amoled due to high demand of J2(2017) and j7 (2017)..... Because Samsung will use same AMOLED in J2 & J7 which they will supply for next iPhone..

34. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

HAHAHA. And Apple will call their iPhone premium. XD

6. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Apple became so boring.Best new tech alway came from them but since Steve Jobs is passed away the new ceo is terrible. That guy has potential to lead a company like Apple, I have no idea how they still do profit. If there will be no iphone 8 with a vsry new ddsign people are gonna get so disappointed. No way anyone can be excited about a device with the same look for 4-5 years. So probably long life for the new galaxy and to the ne Nokias:)

16. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Well darkjed, the guy who is here as apple user said it all. Iphone's are becoming problematic every update they make. Apple should step up on iphone 8 or they will end up like the old nokia: they lost because they didn't do anything.

17. dimas

Posts: 3247; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

*who is a PA commenter. I'm a f**king idiot.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

WSJ write this news as soon as they know 7s is coming next year... 7s means same boring old-design with huge bezels, and no special anniversary edition,

24. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

wait what? ist LCD best display isnt retina best resolution? wow.

37. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

And now you realized Apple is a fraud.

35. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

"The OLED panel should provide iPhone users with more saturated colors, sharper images and better contrast. Battery life could also see an improvement". LOL. I thought they were satisfied with their 1080p Retina Display. PhoneArena and Apple armies was forced to eat their words after talking about Samsung for having an inaccurate, unnatural, saturated, and high-contrast 4K displays because of OLED. HA! They failed to realized that OLED is more premium than LCD. They have the nerve to call their iPhones premium!? What's next? They'll rate Apple iPhone with OLED display a 9.5 out of 10? Meanwhile the Samsung Note8 will have 8.7 (the same with iPhone SE) and S8 with 9.0 only?

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