Apple is reportedly planning to launch three iPhones with OLED displays in 2018, where all iPhone models moving forward from the second half of that year are expected to sport the screen technology.
This development follows up on the news that Apple wants every iPhone to have OLED instead of LCD by 2019, and from the look of things, the company is gunning for its implementation one year earlier.
Apple Pushes For OLED Displays, Moves On From LCD
According to a recent report, two industry sources say that Apple is making the switch from LCD to OLED for all iPhone models set to be released “from the second half of 2018.”
One of the two sources even says that the Cupertino brand will launch a trio of OLED iPhones in 2018.
“Apple is planning to use advanced organic light-emitting diode displays in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018, according to two industry sources. One said that Apple is tentatively looking at releasing three new models next year,” the report reads.
Why 2018 OLED iPhones Aren’t Far-fetched
Lately, Apple has been ramping up efforts in securing a steady supply of OLED panels. This is evidenced by numerous deals, including but not limited to the alleged talks with LG Display to start an OLED plant.
In other words, it’s not hard to imagine that Apple will have enough OLED displays by the time that the presumed iPhone 9 is ready for launch.
Additionally, Apple has inked an arrangement with Samsung for 160 million OLED screens for the so-called iPhone 8. That said, one out of three of the 2017 iPhones will use OLED panels, while the rest — potentially the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus — will continue with LCD screens.
To be clear, manufacturers are setting their eyes on OLED displays because they’re simply capable of delivering higher contrast and power efficiency, though Apple is said to be looking into micro-LED already, arguably an even better option over OLED.
One notable example that makes use of OLED is Samsung and its existing Galaxy S series.
Speaking of which, Apple’s decision to equip all iPhones with OLED panels is a big win for Samsung, as the South Korean company is one of the most prominent players in the industry to date.
However, as mentioned earlier, the iPhone maker is said to be exploring other ways for a reliable source of OLED displays.