Apple wants OLED in next iPhones, but suppliers not ready: Report

One of the most talked about aspect of the device that is almost a year away from its release is its display that Apple plans to make more vibrant and less energy consuming with the OLED.


The iPhone 8 hit headlines even before the iPhone 7 was launched. After all, everyone is looking at the big overhaul that is expected next year as iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary. One of the most talked about aspect of the device, that is almost a year away from its release, is its display that Apple plans to make more vibrant and less energy consuming with the OLED.

However, a Bloomberg report points out that the four main suppliers don't have the production capacity to produce the screens for the upcoming iPhone. People familiar with the matter also told the news site that these constraints could go on till 2018 making it a challenge for the Cupertino Company to out a device with OLED technology.

Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp Display and Japan Display are the four biggest suppliers, out of which Samsung is said to be the sole supplier for next year. However, the company alone cannot meet the requirements, the report adds. It's Apple's stringent quality requirements and the difficulty of producing OLEDs that lead to supply constraints, further adds the report.

If you remember Apple added the Retina display to the iPhone 4 back in 2014. With the iPhone 5 it increased the display size while the iPhone 6 got a new display variant. In 2017, most people are expecting an OLED panel that will bring an edge to edge display look. According to the report, the all new look will come with a virtual Home button rather than the physical button that is currently present.

Meanwhile, rumour has it that Apple is expected to release a 4.7-inch iPhone 8 along with the standard 5.5-inch model and a new 5-inch model as well. There are also reports of Apple working with Biel and Lens Technologies, a Chinese company that supplies glass panels to Apple and Samsung.


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