Why so few ‘iPhone 8’ units will have OLED displays

“Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays work with a backlight, allowing them to be thinner and lighter than traditional liquid crystal displays (LCD). In doing so, these enable sharp, vibrant displays that use less energy,” Bryan M. Wolfe writes for AppAdvice. “These reasons alone are why companies like Apple are turning to OLED for mobile products.”

“Unfortunately, Mitsuke, Japan-based Canon Tokki Corp. has a near monopoly on the machines that are capable of making OLED,” Wolfe writes. “The current lead time for the machines, which cost up to $85 million each, is two years.”

“The latest rumors suggest that Apple will produce a new 5.8-inch iPhone in 2017 that will feature an OLED display,” Wolfe writes. “Bloomberg believes that Samsung ‘is on track to be the sole supplier,’ but ‘may not be able to make enough due to low yield rates combined with increasing iPhone demand.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump raised enough money from small money donors ($200 or less) to buy just one Canon Tokki OLED machine.

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  1. …IOW: Not ready for prime time. But it’ll happen.

    (Oh and a special expletive to the apparent *Ding*bats who flew in to ding-down markar12’s thoughtful comment above. You of course were sent here by Samsung because that corrupt and crippled company doesn’t want Apple to control their own OLED production. – – Yup! I figured that out all by myself. Meanwhile, you clowns haven’t figured out that no one cares about star ratings any more specifically thanks to your bozosity. You’ve made them meaningless. Congratulations).

  2. “Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays work with a backlight, allowing them to be thinner and lighter…”

    Ummm, doesn’t he mean ‘work WITHOUT a backlight????

    1. FWIW: The original article did say ‘without.’ Somebody at MDN doesn’t know how to copy-paste correctly. By eliminating the ‘out’ portion of ‘without’ it throws the accuracy of the article into question until the reader clicks through to read the truth.

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