Apple planning to release OLED iPhone in 2017, says report

By , Mar 2, 2016

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Apple plans to introduce the first iPhone with an OLED display in 2017, reports Nikkei. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims that the company has contacted LG and Samsung to discuss ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s handset launch.

If true, Apple’s move to OLED displays will occur at least a year earlier than some estimates, and two years earlier than predicted by noted analyst Ming Chi Kuo. In a November note, Kuo said that he expects Apple to continue using existing TFT-LCD panels until at least 2019.

The iPhone-maker has long shown interest in OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology. It holds several patents related to the tech, and in December a report claimed that it had opened a secret lab with at least 50 engineers working on advanced OLED and LCD projects.

It’s been rumored that Apple is interested in OLED tech to make curved iPhone displays, but Nikkei says that the accelerated development may stall those plans. It’s believed that Apple looking to launch an OLED iPhone sooner than expected to combat declining handset sales.

Source: Nikkei

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  • Jerry

    What is the wait?

    • Rowan09

      To ramp up production

  • Blip dude

    I’ll believe it when I see. . . Simple as that.

  • Chris Wagers

    If so it won’t be just plain old OLED it’ll have some new tech in it. 🙂

    • Mike

      The word plain and old make me laugh… iPhones are still using an ips display.

  • stylesbeyond

    i understand why since OLED sucks right now the tech still isn’t mature enough

    • Benedict

      You’ve seen the Samsung S7 display already?!

      • Shinonuke

        I don’t think he have seen the S6 display either

    • Mike

      Want to see my Note 5 display??

  • iPhoneWINS

    LOL iPhone 7 is not out yet but they are talking about upgrades too it..lol iPhone 7S

  • Douglas L. Warren

    I can’t imagine Apple changing the screen tech on an S device. This would be something they would do on the initial “Non S” version.

    • Chetan

      So was force touch on iPhone 6S not a “screen tech”? And retina display on 4S?

      • Elias Chao

        Retina Display debuted with the iPhone 4 though.

      • Douglas L. Warren

        I stand corrected with force touch…..still think OLED is a bit of a stretch

  • TheShade247

    Been hearing this since 2012. Everyone should get over it already.

  • Alex-V

    also don’t think this will come in the s model

  • Micke på taket

    Samsung and others Oled is crisp n shii,, but lookin at the complete system .. Apple is on top of the game when IT comes to refining hardware n software , and functions like force touch and a flawless workin AirPlay , Much better and advanced apps, camera that delivers good pics overall ,, the list CAn Go on and on.., ok androids got specs n shii but there is that beta feel over most of the androids.. ✊

    • Mike

      There’s bunch of android phones out there. You have to narrow it down… Compare the Note 5 to the iPhone 6s+. When you talk about advance apps on the iPhone you have no clue what you are talking about. Search up Tasker which is an android app that lets you control everything. S-pen is better than force touch and so is the camera.

      I was thinking about buying another iPhone after my iPhone 5s but now when I’m using my Note 5 I know that iPhones can’t even come close to what my Note5 can do.