Rumor: Apple could see OLED supply constraint prior to inclusion in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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One popular rumor for the next-gen iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels for the handset, especially given that both the Apple Watch and the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro now use OLED components.

Unfortunately, supply constraints may keep OLED panels further down the road.

A new report says that the four main suppliers for OLED displays won’t have enough production capacity to meet demand next year and further into 2018. This is primarily due to OLED screens being more difficult to produce than LCD panels. Right now, the four top suppliers for OLED panels are Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. But at this point, Apple expects Samsung to be sole supplier in 2017.

Apple apparently plans to ship at least one new iPhone with an OLED screen next year, the 10th anniversary of the smartphone’s debut according to sources close to the story.


The OLED iPhone is thought to feature an all-glass design with a virtual Home button embedded in an “edge-to-edge” screen.

The new report corroborates a note from KGI earlier this week, noting that the 2017 iPhone lineup will look like what’s seen below, with the dual camera set up staying exclusive to the 5.5-inch iPhone models.

The 2017 iPhone is expected to be introduced sometime in September, as is usually the case with new iPhone models.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac

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