First reported by Japan’s Nikkei, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus will likely use OLED display as confirmed by Sharp President and CEO Tai Jeng-wu. The news came as Foxconn publicly said that Apple’s next bigger model of iPhone will have a curved screen based on OLED technology similarly to that on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 smartphone.
“The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels,” Tai told students at Tatung University, his alma mater, during a ceremony in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. “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,”
Tai was the appointed President and CEO of Sharp after the Foxconn purchase of Sharp was finalized in August. He is known to be a close associate of Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.
This news could be an apparent move from Apple as the company already started making OLED technology display on the Apple Watch as well as the new Macbook Pro’s Touch Bar. As of today, all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices still sport the conventional LCD technology. OLED technology features a much sharper color contrast compared to the current LTPS display on iPhone devices.
Meanwhile, being one of the biggest supplier of LCDs for Apple products, Sharp is currently into limited OLED production capabilities. Tai also suggested that Sharp could even build OLEDs in U.S. if Apple will ask to do so.
“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?”
In addition, Nikkei also have reports the iPhone 8 models might have an all-glass design on its back cover with a metal frame.
“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.” – Nikkei.
As we can see, it is still too early to speculate on who will be playing part for Apple’s OLED display manufacturing as the company is known to have multiple suppliers when it comes to its device’s key components and considering that Samsung was also rumored to be the key supplier of OLED screens for next year’s iPhone models.
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