Will Japan Display supply Apple with AMOLED screens for the iPhone starting in 2018?

Will Japan Display supply Apple with AMOLED screens for the iPhone starting in 2018?
Amid rumors that Apple will start producing the iPhone with AMOLED screens starting in 2018 or 2019, we've already passed along the speculation that LG Display and Samsung Electronics will be the chief suppliers of the displays. But a report published this morning just might contain the name of another possible source of these panels for Apple.

According to Reuters, Japan Display will start producing OLED panels by 2018 in order to catch up to LG and Samsung. The timing seems to be more than just a coincidence since we could see AMOLED screened iPhones start rolling out during the same year. This news comes with a possible blockbuster deal looming in the background.

As we told you the other day, both Foxconn and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) are looking to purchase Sharp. The Japanese electronics firm also has a display business that supplies Apple. Since INCJ already owns part of Japan Display, if it can purchase Sharp and merge its display business with Japan Display, the latter will become a much larger producer of smartphone displays..

Since AMOLED screens don't require backlighting, an Apple iPhone using such a display could be thinner. Apple might use the extra space to provide the device with a larger capacity battery. Already, there is talk that the Apple iPhone 7 will eliminate the 3.5mm earphone jack in order to squeeze in a longer-lasting power plant, and to offer a thinner design.

Currently, the iPhone uses an IPS LCD panel. 

source: Reuters

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21 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, use it for a larger battery. That'll actually cost them money so no, not happening.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

start producing at 2018? at that time samsung and LG already multiple new variant of superAMOLED / P-OLED.. will they catch up with samsung/LG tech? (but their user wont ever notice the difference anyway, lol)

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Between AMOLED's borked pentile subpixel arrangement and P-OLED being a fake OLED, yes anyone can catch up as soon as they release the real OLED with RGB pixels.

5. Shocky unregistered

P-OLED fake? How does RGB make them real OLED vs PenTile? Please do enlighten us with your reasoning here.

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Don't mind that hater.

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Crap all of that if I was buying an iPhone, you have to get one with a Samsung panel, they also have to be 2k display or none of them will look that good (Oled are always better at 2k over 1080p/720p where led may have the edge)

13. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@mixedfish : which explains why Samsung has been the only one able to enough mobile OLED display for 95% of the market. Good luck Apple. You are going to need a lot of it.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

Your eyes must be exceptional if you can see subpixel arrangements

18. Shocky unregistered

Superman!

8. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Since JDI using Sony WhiteMagic OLED display tech i'm pretty sure the OLED display from JDI will be brighter and more power efficient than the one from Samsung/LG. For quality i'm not so sure about that but if they follow the standards of quality that Sony use to create their professional OLED monitor they can easly outperform the display quality of OLED display from Samsung/LG because as far as i know so far there is nothing from Samsung/LG can compete with Sony Trimaster EL monitor. But i think for the best OLED display it will be taking care by JOLED because they use Sony RGB OLED tech and Panasonic printing menthod (INCJ owns most part of both JDI and JOLED).

15. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@Genza: so, it seems Sony WhiteMagic OLED has been around for a while now, at least since 2013. So where are they now? are they even in production? Sony outsourced much of their R&D and manufacturing of display tech to Samsung more than almost two decade ago, when the LCD was the rage, while holding on to their lucrative, yet older, Plasma display for profit -- which turned out to be a terrible bet.

21. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

"Sony WhiteMagic OLED has been around for a while now, at least since 2013. So where are they now? are they even in production?" No because the biggest problem with Sony true RGB OLED display is that they are too expensive if i'm not mistaken by spring 2014 their (JDI) manufacturing plant in Ishikawa, Japan is already capable of producing WhiteMagic OLED but since most smartphone manufacturers still prefer LCD because they are still comparable in quality especialy with the IPS NEO and cheaper in price they halt the production of OLED display. "Sony outsourced much of their R&D and manufacturing of display tech to Samsung more than almost two decade ago" You're right IF we just talk about S-LCD (a LCD display based on PVA technology) but they never outsourced their Trimaster EL monitor to Samsung or anybody else. We all know that Sony took many wrong decisions, which is why they face a lot of problems right now. But you can not deny the quality of their professional OLED monitors and at least for the moment nothing comes from Samsung/LG can really compete so i believe it is not imposible to catch up or even outperform Samsung/LG in terms of quality. And remember we are not just talking about Sony because both JDI and JOLED is a combined company which is expert in making a screen that united and regulated by INCJ.

9. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Since JDI using Sony WhiteMagic OLED display tech i'm pretty sure the OLED display from JDI will be brighter and more power efficient than the one from Samsung/LG. For quality i'm not so sure about that but if they follow the standards of quality that Sony use to create their professional OLED monitor they can easly outperform the display quality of OLED display from Samsung/LG because as far as i know so far there is nothing from Samsung/LG can compete with Sony Trimaster EL monitor. But i think for the best OLED display it will be taking care by JOLED because they use Sony RGB OLED tech and Panasonic printing menthod (INCJ owns most part of both JDI and JOLED).

11. Shocky unregistered

For phones I would say Samsung are definitely ahead, the P-OLED display on the Flex 2 is not getting good reviews at all. For the TV's LG are ahead, but only because they bought the OLED unit from Kodak and now have useful patents

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Hahah Apple is way behind the market! But ifans will believe that Apple was the first with Amoled!

6. Tizo101

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Nice article Alan F

10. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

As always Apple are years behind the competition as Samsung are already onto curved screens and will have foldable screens by 2018.

16. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

its simply means amoled is way better than ips?

17. Shocky unregistered

That's been true for a while now, at least for mobile phones. I'm not convinced by LG's P-OLED when it comes to TV's, I think it's going to take a few generations before it's worth buying one.

19. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

There is no clear better display, but Amoled suits more users than IPS. Better battery life + great colours beat the natural looking but battery "slurping" IPS if you ask me.

20. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Apple will use multiple suppliers regardless quality and blame iphone's problem on supplier later

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