The iPhone has never come with an OLED display, Apple has stuck with LCD since 2007 when it released the very first iPhone, but if a report out of Korea is to be believed that might change in the near future. The company has reportedly received OLED display samples from Samsung and is set to make a decision next month about the next-gen iPhones, if it’s going to continue with LCD or opt for OLED for the very first time.
Another interesting claim made by the report today is that Samsung has now joined LG Display as a supplier of low-power OLED panels for the Apple Watch. It’s widely believed that LG Display is only supplier of OLED panels for Apple’s smartwatch but if this report is true then Samsung has now joined on as well.
It’s still unclear though how much supply is being sourced from both LG Display and Samsung, the former was expected to remain the sole supplier at least until the second generation Apple Watch comes out next year.
As for OLED panels meant for future iPhones, the report claims that Samsung has provided Apple with samples which are now being put through various tests to see whether or not they’re up to the standards that the company wants to maintain with the iPhone.
Given Apple’s history of not saying anything about supply chain related matters we can be absolutely sure that the company won’t confirm if the next-gen iPhones have OLED and LCD panels. We’ll just have to wait for more concrete evidence to surface before we can be sure of what to expect from the new iPhones that won’t come out until late next year.