Sharp President confirms Apple iPhone transition to OLED displays

“Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu, now an executive at parent company Hon Hai Precision has confirmed that Apple will transition to OLED displays over time. He confirmed Apple’s display shift when delivering a speech at Tatung University, his alma mater, during a ceremony in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “In his speech he noted that ‘We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation.'”

“The next generation flexible OLED displays will allow Apple to invent iPhone displays that are curved or iPhones that could fold. Apple of course invented an iPhone display with curved edges back in 2012,” Purcher reports. “The Nikkei Asian Review has reported in the past that Apple has tentatively planned three iPhone models for the gadget’s 10th anniversary next year. A premium 5.5-inch handset is slated to have a curved OLED screen, while the other two products will stick with existing LTPS panels.”

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MacDailyNews Take: For Apple to be able to make the switch, it’s all about having the capacity to produce 50-75 million (or more) displays every 90 days. Not a small feat.

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    1. Well, no…

      First, Apple cannot simply drop a major supplier of critical components. Jobs my have been theatrically emotional about many things, but he was also very practical. Second, Apple might actually be allowing selected people to begin “leaking” information to see how people react and pave the way for a smoother transition. Keeping big secrets for a major reveal can be fun, but it is not always the best approach from a business standpoint. As Apple has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to keep those big secrets, anyway.

  1. It is possible that Apple might leapfrog OLED technology, going directly from its highly refined LED/LCD displays to quantum dot displays. Or OLED might be a short term transition phase from LCD to QD. Who knows?

  2. A curved screen serves little practical use, unless it wraps around something like a wrist. I can’t see them folding a display. Not when 5.5″ seems like it’s big enough.

    A possible formfactor is a screen that is concave. It could curve or bend enough to fit the contours of your leg as it sits in your pocket. As you hold it in one hand, it would be easier for the thumb to reach all or more areas of the screen.

    Really there needs to be a problem to solve, not something silly, as in – “Look what I can do!”

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