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

38. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

So basically they will put the technology that is in my S7 edge and charge it 50% more then your average flagship.

33. Chuck007

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Sometimes I can't help but wonder how old some of you guys are. Seriously... just grow up. Baiting for likes and starting flame wars just for the heck of it doesn't accomplish anything.

12. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I feel a bit sorry for iPhone fans as they have no other iOS options. It's be raped by Apple, or nothing

18. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I feel a bit sorry for iPhone fans as they have no other iOS options." Strange. As an iOS user.....I don't think about Android users at all. That's how insignificant the majority of you are. I don't care how cheap you can get something, because I can pay for most things I want. "It's be raped by Apple, or nothing" Learned what being raped means bro. Apple doesn't force me to pay for their products, and I'm not so broke that a few hundred dollars would destroy my pockets. I wouldn't buy the majority of Android phones even with iOS on board anyway because the support those companies offer is garbage.

37. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 670; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Apple doesn't force me to pay for their products, and I'm not so broke that a few hundred dollars would destroy my pockets" Android devices cost a few hundred dollars too so thats a moot point. i like how you think android users cant afford iphones yet S7, LG G6, Xperia XZ premium all will and did cost around 600-700 dollars. Guess you have to try and act like a big man :D

8. VeronicaMars

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Apple does always makes money of those ingenuous folks

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The s7 edge costed me $779. Iys has an AMOLED display and a higher resolution vs the iPhone and more. The iPhone 7S Plus is already $799. So why should it cost even more than the S7 edge regular retail price?

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because the price isn't only for the device itself, but for the brand as well.

36. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 670; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Because idiotic Isheeps are paying for the apple name above anything else, Iphones have always cost less to manufacture than samsung devices yet they sell at a higher price. Samsung being use amoled for years and havent been more expensive than iphones now 1st time they getting displays from samsung and they hike up the prices. They gotta make the millions of profits somehow they just like bending over their fanboys :D

44. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

The iPhone 7S Plus? I'm not aware that model has been released yet. And the iPhone 7 Plus 32gb model starts at $769. So not sure what you are talking about. Don't know of any iPhone model that is $799 in fact. These are US prices, I know you like to cherry pick stuff tho. If you wanna post hate comments toward Apple, which you do pretty much every day, at least get your information correct. There is no 7S Plus model yet. :)

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: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

46. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Even though I hate Techie's typo's, I have to admit him being right here kiko. Paying extra for a tech which is already there for ages is not smartness (tech here I mean for display tech) & other features which Apple will bring are still awesome but nothing justifies such a hefty price. Best pricing for next iPhones should be as below iPhone 7s - $650 32GB, $750 128GB, $850 256GB iPhone 7s Plus - $750 32GB, $850 128GB, $950 256GB iPhone 8 - $950 128GB, $1050 256GB Anything above than this will ruin my plans to buy iPhone 8. Don't get me wrong but top of the line 256GB iPhone 7 plus costs $1400 here in India which is $400 more than it is in US. Imagine if iPhone 8 costs so huge in US itself, in India it will be $1600+ which is a hell No for us, at least for me :(

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And that one wasn't even long. The spell check on his Note 7 exploded.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao.....he's coming for you for that one. You can insult him, his wife, and his children, but the Note 7 is where he draws the line!

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, he gets heated about that one.

35. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's as if he's always typing while he is frostbitten. LOL

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Riiiiiiight lol.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

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: 361; 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: 4422; 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?

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