This year Apple iPhone X was the first Apple phone with an OLED based display and arguably one of the best-looking displays ever made. The display was made by Samsung and by looking at the positive market response it may adopt OLED based displays for its own devices, especially its foldable display smartphone.
The rumours are back and new details of the next year’s iPhones have started to surface. Some weeks before KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that one of the 2018 models of iPhones might come with a 6.5-inch screen. Chuljoong Kim of Jefferies & Co said: “Although supplies are still tight for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone X, it’s not too soon to start thinking about 2020”. He mentions that Apple’s next smartphone will be called “iPhone XI,” in an “S” version, with three sizes, which will be having a massive 6.5-inch display.
According to the rumours, the alleged iPhone X1 S Plus will feature an OLED screen manufactured by LG Electronics. This deal will make Apple less reliable on the South Korean firm Samsung who is the sole manufacturer of the current OLED displays. Also, this step might have been taken due to Apple’s foldable smartphone. Apple would like to keep its technology away from Samsung who is on the verge to build a fully foldable smartphone.
Chuljoong claims that will be a boon to the entire supply chain for organic light emitting diode (OLED) tech for displays including LG Electronics. He also added OLED based will expand such as from the current iPhone’s 5.85 inches to the alleged iPhone XIs Plus’s 6.5 inches. According to him, this will put OLED suppliers and manufacturers under pressure. He notes some manufacturers are already “experiencing production yield issues,” and the bigger display will mean fewer finished OLED from a “mother glass.” He informs An iPhone X adds up to 230 panels out of a so-called “6G” glass, while a larger 6.5-inch display would yield only 180 “panels per sheet.”. According to Chuljoong, the OLED market is unlikely to see oversupply until 2019 and before 2020; he expects smartphone manufacturers to begin testing their foldable smartphones which can fold in half like the new OPPO patent.
He speculates 2018 will be a year of prototyping, and the full-scale commercialization of foldable smartphones is expected in 2019. This will result in manufacturing demands which will need additional investments in flexible OLEDs in 2018. Coming back to the iPhone, The Jefferies & Co. analyst said we don’t know if Apple will be retaining its naming strategy for iPhone. If it does the 2018 models will be named as iPhone X S while the 2019 models will be named iPhone X1 and the following 2020 model will be named as iPhone X1 S Plus which will be the ultimate flexible smartphone from Apple.
In the recent turn of events, we can be sure that Apple will be trying its hands into the foldable smartphone tech. The Cupertino giant has never been shy to push its boundaries and likes to keep their fans guessing on their toes. But we don’t know exactly what will be the technology. There have been multiple reports such as one report claimed the future iPhone would have a microLED display. Whatever it may be a foldable iPhone is bliss.