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Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu—who is also a high-profile executive at Foxconn, Sharp’s parent company and Apple’s favorite contract manufacturer—said publicly that Apple’s next iPhone will use a curved screen based on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology akin to that on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphone, Nikkei reported Saturday.

As you know, Apple currently uses OLED screens on the Apple Watch and the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. All iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices to date have used traditional LCD screens.

Here’s what Tai told students at Tatung University, his alma mater:

The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels. We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.

Sharp is one of the several suppliers of LCDs for Apple products. At present, however, the Japanese company has very limited OLED production capabilities. According to Tai, Sharp could even build OLEDs in U.S. if Apple asked it to.

“We are now building a new OLED facility in Japan. We can make OLED panels in the U.S. too,” he said. “If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the U.S., is it possible for us not to do so?”

Tai was appointed President and CEO of Sharp in August after Foxconn finalized its purchase of the century-old Japanese consumer electronics corporation. He is a close associate of Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.

Nikkei said in August Apple would launch three iPhones in 2017—speculating that only a premium model would have an OLED screen and all-glass design.

A recent Nikkei report clarified that all iPhone 8 models may use an all-glass chassis with a metal frame after all, but insisted there would be three new iPhones next year.

“As part of Apple’s overhaul efforts, all three products will reportedly sport a glass cover and back joined together by a metal frame, a departure from the metal casing of previous versions of the device,” reads today’s Nikkei report.

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AppleInsider rebuffed Nikkei’s claim of a new five-inch iPhone model launching in 2017, saying there would be two flagship phones next year, one with a screen measuring 4.7 inches diagonally and the other with a 5.5-inch screen.

Taiwanese media said Apple’s switch to OLED or AMOLED technology for the Tenth Anniversary iPhone may be short-lived because the company has been researching even more power efficient and brighter Micro-LED panels for iPhones.

As we explained, Micro-LEDs could improve the iPhone’s battery power by a significant margin while helping boost screen resolution, improve color gamut and provide two to three times the brightness of OLED technology under the same power consumption.

Apple in May 2014 acquired Micro-LED developer and semiconductor maker LuxVue Technology, adding its talent to its own hardware innovations team.

Source: Nikkei

  • Charlie

    Oh good God, even the Sharp executive has confirmed that…

    • HamptonWalley

      Than he must be fired!

  • siddique

    and in oled screen we ll see touch bar 🙂

    • Why would they put in a touch bar when the entire screen is a touch bar?

      • Jeffrey

        I think he’s joking

      • Tommy

        Ask LG. They started it with the V10.

      • siddique

        Touch bar will be for special function like short cuts and one handed use features ..mark my words

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Yall don’t know how to take a joke on this site….so take this L

  • Sohail Wahab

    OLED screen sounds cool but losing that crazy gorgeous aluminum back would hurt like hell.

    • Picapollo

      So true

    • Leslie Bee

      Unless they replace it with a crazy gorgeous glass back.

    • Tommy

      Use an aluminum back cover/case. You’re gonna use a case anyways so this time get an aluminum one.

  • Rowan09

    Well if according to reports OLED is temporary until Microleds are ready.

  • :D

    Won’t he get into trouble for leaking that info?

    • Storm

      Well, it sounds like he’s violated an NDA, so yes.

  • Franklin Richards

    So much for Tim Cook doubling down on leaks. Apple’s secrets are pouring out like a broken tap.

    • At least we know it will have an OLED display. That’s all I care about.

      • 5723alex .

        Hope Apple won’t use the horrible OLED.

      • Rowan09

        Horrible OLED?

      • 5723alex .

        Yes. Look at the washed, green turn to brown, over saturated… colors on a Samsung Galaxy.

      • Mike

        Apparently you haven’t seen the Galaxy screens before.

      • jOn Garrett

        lol, clearly he hasn’t.

  • Storm

    Doesn’t the Sharp president only say that the next iPhone will use an OLED display? The quote attributed to him doesn’t mention a curved-glass or all-glass form factor, which makes the headline misleading.

  • Jayy

    Bring on oled, but I’m not sure how I feel about a completely glass phone. My iPhone 4 was all glass.

  • Mike M. Powell

    Already huh, did he also say we’re getting 512Gb storage and 8gb ram now to? .-.

  • therealjjohnson

    So once my screen curves…then what?

    • Tommy

      You can do cool stuff like on the S7

      • therealjjohnson

        What are those cool things? I don’t see a need for it beside it being different. Can you give me an example?

      • rockdude094

        I mainly use the edge to get to shortcuts and widgets. While the screen is off you can gesture on the edge to give you instant information like weather, notifications and news. if the phone is laid down on its face the edge turns into a massive notification light with a waves pattern with specific lighting

      • tariq

        I use it for quick SMS or call. Also wallpapers with glowing edges look amazing on the curves

      • Muhammad Faraz Khan

        Also one can shove it in their ass easily with a curved edge. 😉

      • jOn Garrett

        I use the edge for the night clock. My wife works nights and I have 2 kids so throughout the night I roll over to look at my phone.

        The edge plus lock screen notifications let’s me do everything without even touching the phone.

        These things plus the benefit of having it on a charging pad means I can pick up my phone and put it back down without fusing with a charging cable in the dark.

  • hkgsulphate

    RIP Sharp

  • Jeffrey

    Question. Can a Retina screen be OLED? Because I’m sure Apple called the Touch Bar in the new MacBooks ‘Retina’.

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  • Anonymous

    It look like the board is gonna fire that ceo. lol especially if they lose the apple contract because of it. Lol. What was he thinking!

    • tariq

      Tim Cook is complete trash.

      • Anonymous

        Lol that why he’s the ceo of the most profitable company in history and currently.

      • tariq

        he is only ceo cuz Steve Jobs is gone. Tim cook is just money hungry… Tim is just a flaw in the system

      • Anonymous

        Nhaw, steve is given all the credit, cook has created the far better company, steve just planeted the seed.

      • tariq

        I agree to disagree

      • Anonymous

        Okay, i wont push it anymore. Can i ask why you commented on my comment about tim cook being trash though?

      • tariq

        i read the first sentence and thought u were saying
        “Ceo” as in “Tim Cook ” is gonna get fired. so i was just agreeing that he should get fired lol. turns out you werent talking about him so we ended at a disagreement. But youre the first person i know that supports Tim Cook (just fyi).

      • Anonymous

        Oh i know alot of apple lovers love steve over tim. Lol i ger yelled at alot for that here at idb. Its not that i think steve was a bad ceo though. He was not, but i do think tim has done better. But yes your right i was talking about sharpes ceo.

      • tariq

        I was looking at alternatives for Macs. Seems like everyone else is using type-c and ditching other ports. Maybe this is how things are going to look in 2017

  • Leslie Bee

    So we no longer get to hear Jony Ive say “aluminium” anymore?!! BTW, in the U.S. it’s spelled and pronounced “aluminum”.

  • I’ve never truly experienced an OLED display before. The iPhone 8 will be my first device with it.

    • jOn Garrett

      You won’t be disappointed.

  • rockdude094

    That would explain why the there is a little space left beside the control centre’s edges. Seems as if the whole os is prepping to integrate curved edges in the next generation iPhone

  • tariq

    The back of the phone doesn’t matter. Everyone will have cases anyways. Especial apple users.. Ya be having otter boxes lol

  • george

    So stupid.. another year of slippery phones.

  • The King

    iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S? Or is the 7S going to be called the 8? I skipped both the 6S and 7 after I got my Edge. I miss iOS a lot, but since the 6, I haven’t seen much change and going back from an edge screen to a iPhone screen is so noticeable.

  • Dao Sasone

    Lets see if Apple will implement vr with micro led.

  • jOn Garrett

    All glass curved AMOLED display with wireless charging water and dust resistance.

    Introducing the all new iPhone 8