It is one of the most rumored and expected improvements for the next iPhone to be released in 2017 coinciding with the tenth anniversary of its launch, the introduction of OLED panels. Now the president of Sharp “confirmed” this end further noting that “if Apple does not advance along this path […] there will be no innovation.
Rumors about the introduction of OLED panels in the iPhone next generation devices is not new, even its possibility was speculation in current models iPhone 7 and 7 Plus however, the company had decided to wait until 2017 for its implementation, such once also motivated by the limited ability of suppliers to meet the high demand from Apple.
IPhone 8 OLED screen seems increasingly possible
The Japanese website Nikkei has returned to report on the possible features of the next generation iPhone that as many call directly as iPhone 8 and this despite the fact that the current generation of the device just takes a little over a month on the market .
A few days ago the same media pointed out that Apple is working up to three models of iPhone devices by 2017. The first major difference between these three devices would be determined by the size of your screen and is that Apple, for the first time, introduce a model five inches. Thus, according to the sources cited by Nikkei, the iPhone 8 2017 versions come in 4.7-inch, 5 inches and 5.5 inches.
The other big news this medium would be marked by the return of glass as the main material, which was abandoned after the iPhone 4 and 4s. The next iPhone would leave the aluminum material to present a back shell built entirely in glass. But following the current line in which a model (iPhone 7 Plus) is presented as a separate “premium” model from the rest by more than just its size (one twin lens camera exclusive that results in a portrait mode also exclusive) the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 will also present a special and unique feature: an OLED display.
While models of 4.7-inch and 5-inch would still maintaining the traditional LDC screen, the iPhone 8 Plus would be more “premium” thanks to the OLED display.
For now know if there will be really three models of iPhone 8 and if the distribution of screens will be as Nikkei says but what we do know is because Apple will introduce OLED panels, or at least that is what has confirmed the Sharp president himself.
Tai Jeng-wu, president of Sharp and CEO of Hon Hai (remember that Sharp is now owned by Foxconn, a major supplier and assembler of Apple), it has confirmed to the students of the Tatung University who attended his honorary appointment that Apple is working on OLED screens for the iPhone.
“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?”
OLED displays offer higher color contrast compared to LTPS screens iPhone devices have been used traditionally. Apple’s competitors such as Samsung, LG, Motorola and others, and included the OLED technology in many of their devices for quite some time, while Apple and its partners have often stated that the OLED technology is in mode “over-saturated”.
Apple began using OLED screens last year with the arrival of the Apple Watch and more recently, has used this technology in Touch Bar MacBook Pro. All indications are that sooner or later end up offering an iPhone OLED however, still have to wait to confirm.