iPhone 8 OLED panel may drive up the price of Apple's next flagship

iPhone 8 OLED panel may drive up the price of Apple's next flagship
This may just be a rumor at this point, but we're pretty sure no one wants to hear that the next iPhone might be even more expensive. Still, that's exactly what is being claimed by the supply chain. And, the reason all comes down to the cost of the OLED panel that Apple is expected to be using in the iPhone 8. All that said, you might still be surprised at the effect on the price tag.

The main culprit is the OLED 3D Touch panel that Apple is expected to use in the iPhone 8. Supply chain sources for Digitimes say the existing 3D Touch display modules cost Apple $9 each, but that cost is expected to rise to $15 each. This may not seem like much of a bump, but as you should know, Apple has a tendency to focus on its profit margin quite a lot. And, analysts suspect that this won't be the only component of a high-end iPhone that will rise in cost for Apple. 

Once you add it all up, the consensus is quickly becoming that there could be a $1000+ iPhone in the lineup this year. Obviously, that sounds pretty crazy, but considering the current iPhone 7 Plus can run you $979 for the 256GB model, that's not that big a jump. Still quite a steep price to pay. 

source: Digitimes

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46 Comments

1. mthaX

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Even if they release it with ultra OLED, am still buying that Sony Xperia ZX Premium.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and suddenly iPhone news flooding this site as if it will get released in the next few days... magic..

13. Unordinary unregistered

waa waa waaa, yet you still cry and complain after clicking on the link. LMFAO. idiot

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They can't help themselves...... kinda like a spurned Ex.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7218; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple is just trying to find more ways to drive the prices up, and make the public think that Apple is offering people more. However when I see other OEMs including Samsung release smartphones with AMOLED displays on devices starting around the $200 mark. Then clearly Apple is just trying to find excuses and more ways to squeeze more money out of its loyal herd.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

Interesting that Apple has NOT actually said or implied any of this, or in fact anything about next iPhone... and you have already insulted everyone who buys or plan to buy an iPhone... Speaking of "herds" - the ones you belong to seems like they have something up their asses with anything regarding apple or its users... Take a chill pill or apply butt cream.... just do something about that! Thanks for reading...

42. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

Dumbest post of the day.... The reason why you don't find $200 iPhones is because Apple makes only high-end phones.... Oh and you fanboys complain Apple is not implementing new tech and when they actually do you guys mock them? Fanboyism at its best

34. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

It's simply controlled leaks methinks. This happens every year when hype is building up for upcoming Android flagships. Does anyone find it weird how the same leaksters release such information and never got slapped with a major fine like Apple promised years ago?

21. Aftabalig48

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 24, 2016

Mee too bro....

22. Aftabalig48

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 24, 2016

Mee too bro....

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wait! Why would it? PA published and article saying OLED displays were bow cheaper than LCDs.

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

From the same article "Market researcher firm IHS Technology claims that production costs of AMOLED and LCD panels in the first quarter have gone down to $14.3 and $14.6, respectively, based on the cost for a 5-inch Full-HD Smartphone." Quad HD AMOLED curved thermoformed display costs a bit more then a 1080p LCD/OLED panel and will absolutely cost more then current 1080p LCD panel in the Plus models. Not even including top level calibration done by Samsung on their best OLED panels. Think a little bit fanboys, use that brain God gave us all at least somewhat

25. mikehunta727 unregistered

Not a bit more, considerably more* And at this point it is pure speculation anyway on if prices truly will go up on the next model. This has been said for years now on the next iPhone model, we will just have to wait to see #facts #noTwistedDeludedFanboyLogicaroundHere

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

Now I'll be very clear , I'm not defending at all a potential price increase for the next iPhone model, not at all, that would be f'in awful and very greedy from Apple, just clearing up Techie's poor logic above and lack of reading comprehension

29. mikehunta727 unregistered

Quad HD curved thermoformed 5.5+ inch AMOLED display costs considerably more then whats mentioned in the article Techie linked. A Quad HD curved thermoformed 5.5+ inch AMOLED display still costs a lot more then a 5-5.5 inch 1080p LCD panel. QC restraints are much higher, needs a higher more precise level of calibration vs lower end AMOLED panels, etc Speaking pure objectivity here, the logic behind this is pretty simple actually, the cost of the display will go up by moving to curved Quad HD 5.5+ inch AMOLED display from a Full-HD LCD panel Not defending Apple here at all on their potential price increase, they should absolutely not increase the price at all and just take lesser profit margins in the name of innovation and delivering a better product to it's consumers

45. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Here you go & you said it right. Samsung have been using a QuadHD curved 3D(which samsung market it as :s) thermoforming display since S6 Edge. That's to when it was not even in mass production. Today Thermoformed Amoled panels are in huge mass production & cost has become considerably lesser (I ain't saying it is cheap & its still costlier than a traditional LCD panel). My point is, only now whole world is getting to know that the thermoformed Amoled panels are very costly to make when Apple is implementing it. This is kinda I don't like in Apple & it's blind followers :(. Having said that, wide colour gamut display on my iPad Pro 9.7 is one hell of a display, I just love it.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

now* dang-it

41. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Today you're concerned about spelling??? Lol

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Because they've gotta find a way to justify separating fools from their money. How else would they meet their profit margin with iDevice sales seeing double digit declines?

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

Apple just had a record quarter with iPhone sales lmao you living in reality man? What decline man? Shutting down silly fanboy logic with ease since 2014

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So iphones are the only iDevices you know of? Goes to show how irrelevant the toyPad and iPod Touch has become to even iFans...

28. mikehunta727 unregistered

This article is about the next iPhone model you buffoon LOL what a fail... Just shows you don't even bother to read and just comment and type your bullshit. Try again fanboy And last time I checked, the iPad and iPod are still the best sellers still in their category... Why does this make you so salty you anti tech lover? This level of mental gymnastics baffels many. Glad I'm not salty at all like you fanboys on here #NoDeludedFanboyBullshitOverHere #AllFacts #WhatAppleDoesDoesntMakeMeRageAndCryTearsofSaltOnA​PhoneWebsite

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

My comment is referring to iDevices as a whole you numbskull, not merely the iPhone, learn to read and comprehend before responding. Regarding the ipad being "best seller", yeah right, keep turning a blind eye to Windows hybrids if that makes you sleep better at night...

31. mikehunta727 unregistered

The iPad is the best selling tablet in it's category. No Windows hybrid tablet sells more. & LOL the level of mental gymnastics your performing right now, don't you realize iPhone is by far the most sold "iDevice" by Apple? Like over 70%+ of all iDevices sales? So back up your claim now, back up your claim of double digit downward sales, you mentioned "iDevices", 70%+ of that includes the iPhone as that is by far their best selling product in their lineup and has been for years. How can iDevices be suffering double digit declines when iPhone just had a record quarter...? #YouDontEvenMakeAnySense #PleaseUseSomeLogicNextTimeBeforeBlowingYourSpotUp​Badly #ThinkBeforeYouTypeAndSpeak

43. mikehunta727 unregistered

And of course MrElectrifyer doesn't reply back because he knows now how ridiculous he sounded when he said iDevices were in a double digit decline despite iPhone making up 75% of all iDevice sales and had a record quarter in Q4. And he still couldn't disprove that iPad isn't the best seller in it's category still(hint: it is, still easily the best seller in itms category by millions although iPad sales are are declining ) #WhenUpsetFanboysMeetColdHardRealityAndObjectivity​TheyRunAndHideAndNeverBackUpTheirClaims #WhenYouHaveYourAltAccountsToUpVoteYourOwnRidiculo​usComments

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

OLED iPad Mini Pro please. [a man can dream]

6. phonegeek25

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

While the suppliere, Samsung, is still going to keep the next big thing the S8 below the $900 price. Silly Apple customers.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

yet Kiko claims they arw so smart. to kewp.payong more for less.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yet you can't even manage one sentence without a typo.....

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