Rumor: Apple testing out more than 10 different iPhone prototypes, focusing on OLED displays for the future

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone prototypes are here.

And they are both varied.

A number of sources have claimed Apple will launch its first iPhone with a curved OLED display next year.

A new report claims an OLED version could be introduced as one of several new iPhone models unveiled next year, but it would have a higher price tag than current iPhone models.


OLED displays are thinner, lighter, and allow for flexible designs, but can also retail for up to $50 more expensive to produce than traditional LCD displays.

The advantage comes in that OLED displays can be more energy efficient than LCD displays and do not require a backlight to illuminate the screen. When displaying black pixels, OLED displays are completely off, which could preserve battery life.

Apple is rumored to have more than 10 different iPhone prototypes under development and may not decide to launch an OLED display-equipped version in 2017. Previous reports said Apple will also launch new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models with traditional LCD displays next year.

Apple will likely go with Samsung as its primary OLED display supplier, but it wants LG Display, Japan Display, and Sharp to ramp up production for 2018. Sharp President and CEO Tai Jeng-wu confirmed Apple’s plans to switch to OLED technology last month.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors and the Wall Street Journal

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