JP Morgan: With ‘iPhone 7,’ Apple will continue using LCD, not OLED, displays

“Despite finally jumping into the OLED market with the Apple Watch, Apple is not expected to migrate its handset line away from LCD technology in the near future, instead choosing to stick with LTPS-based LCD panels when it debuts its so-called ‘iPhone 7,'” AppleInsider reports.

“The Japan Display facility funded by Apple’s recent billion-dollar prepayment could have the capacity to churn out nearly 100 million 5-inch LTPS LCD panels each year, according to a recent note to investors from J.P. Morgan analyst Narci Chang,” AppleInsider reports. “Some believe that the choice of OLED for the Apple Watch indicated a shift in strategy that would see OLED displace LCD throughout Apple’s mobile products.”

AppleInsider reports, “However, the new Japan Display deal — alongside a reported $2.6 billion investment in LCD production from Apple partner Foxconn — makes that an improbable scenario in the near future.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our iPhone 6 Plus Retina LTPS-based LCD displays look and work just fine, thanks. In fact, they’re immaculate. No complaints. So, whatever: If it ain’t broke…

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. Apple would already use OLED if not its fundamental flaw: 1.5 times bigger power consumption than LTPS LCD in light backgrounds — which is all of Internet browsing, reading, OS UI interface and most of applications.

    The reason I accented “fundamental” qualifier word is because organic molecules are much bigger “fluffy” structures comparing to non-organic ones. So while they emit significant portion of light gets consumed back by light-emitting material itself.

    Apple had to use OLED for Watches, but as result they use black background UI. This is unacceptable for mobile phones, so no, Apple will not use OLED in iPhone.

      1. Because in OLED, the blacks are blacker than with LCDs, which allows an unlit part of the screen to blend into the black bezel seamlessly (at least that is the theory, having not yet seen an Apple Watch in person yet).

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