The Apple iPhone had its 10th anniversary this summer, and amid the celebration there is much speculation about the new line of phones to be released this fall. Among the rumors is the question of delay on the shipment due to the new features to be built into the next iteration of iPhone.
The most visible of those features is a new type of screen for iPhone. An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display delivers crisp images on a thinner screen that drains less battery power. The supplier of that screen technology is Samsung Display, a division of the Korean company Samsung, which, yes, does manufacture its own phones.
Apple has already incorporated OLED into other products, like the Apple Watch. However, it had not yet put it into its biggest seller, the iPhone, which accounts for over 60% of the company’s revenues. That’s why the shift in screen is such a significant move. Nevertheless, it is not to be a sweeping change that affects all new iPhones released this year.
Nikkei Asian Review anticipates the possibility of three new phone models to be released later this year in different price points. The deluxe model that could have a price tag of 4 figures is the one that would feature a 5.2-inch OLED screen that may be curved. But the other two models, one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.5-inch one, are expected to feature the liquid crystal display flat screens that Apple has been using until now.
However, the screen conversion is expected to be complete in 2018. Next year, Apple does plan to include OLED in all its phones, according to Fortune. That would jibe with the report from Digitimes that Apple entered into a two-year agreement worth $9 billion for Samsung Display to supply OLED panels for phones.
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