Apple iPhone ‘very likely’ to get flexible OLED displays in 2018, source says

“Much attention is being paid to the possibility that Apple will adopt flexible screens on its future iPhone models, as major Korean display manufacturers are seeking to persuade the U.S.-based global IT giant to do it,” Cho Jin-young reports for BusinessKorea.

“According to an industry source, Apple is ‘serious’ about transferring its flagship product lineup to one equipped with organic light-emitting diode (OLED), screens as those displays can solve its existing weak points such as color saturation, accuracy, and brightness,” Cho reports. “Currently Apple applies flexible OLEDs to just the Apple Watch, the panels of which LG Display and Samsung Display supply.”

Cho reports, “‘It is very likely that the first flexible iPhone may be introduced in 2018, as Apple’s top-tier display suppliers are working on it,’ the source said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As always, we question if this is actual information, wishful thinking, or some combination of both?

6 Comments

  1. Apple purchased a company that was using micro LEDS that had benefits over OLED’s for mobile devices and could scale to TV large screen sizes with cost benefits over OLED’s. So, it is not like Apple is bound to use OLED’s; Apple could have a home grown solution of its own.

  2. Three years from ow he predicts this will happen
    Does he know what day and month ?

    Three years from I predict that apple phones will be made from real apple that you eat and it becomes part of your body

  3. This is ignorant nonesense; few points:

    1) iPhone’s IPS LCD screen’s accuracy is indistinguishable from accuracy of best OLEDs for all practical reason. There will be no real improvement in changing to OLED;

    2) OLED has worse brightness than IPS LCD, not better. This is why Apple Watch actual contrast ratio under sun is worse than that of iPhone. Yes, it might improve, but not much since there are power consumption and colour degradation constraints;

    3) colour saturation bigger than sRGB is useless since there are no media to buy/watch other than sRGB. Even when wider colour gamut will finally become needed, there will be IPS LCD with quantum dots advances that Apple can use;

    4) Only LG Display manufactures displays for Apple Watch (not Samsung Display);

    5) there is no need for LG Display to “persuade” Apple in anything since in relationship with Apple they are just contractor manufacturer, not seller of their own-designed displays. Apple designs its own displays, including OLEDs. Apple has tens of OLED patents, and the company even snatched top LG Display researcher few years ago to empower their team more. This is why Apple Watch OLED display is better than LG Watch displays;

    6) Apple will not move iPhone to OLEDs since UI there is by far black on white experience, unlike AW, where Apple came up with inverted watchOS UI specifically for the only scenario where OLED consumes less than IPS LCD. In iPhones OLED will consume more than LCD, so moving to OLED there makes no sense.

  4. As long as the iDevices keep their straight lines I’ll be happy about it because they will be able to be used for measuring angles etc. Curved lines are no good for use in education and engineering.
    BTW, I negated the effect of the protruding camera of my iPhone 6+ with a Spigen bumper, but it would have been better if the camera had been flush with the back.

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