It was rumored a couple of weeks back that Samsung had supplied Apple with some samples of display panels, this led many to speculate that perhaps the company could go with an AMOLED display for the next iPhone, a major shift from LCD display tech which has always found a home on the iPhone. While there’s no indication from the company what it’ll pick for the next-gen iPhone a well known Apple analyst believes that AMOLED displays are not coming the iPhone at least for the foreseeable future.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple won’t be going with the AMOLED display in the foreseeable future, he expects the company to stick with TFT-LCD displays for the next three years and possibly even beyond that.
Kuo says that Apple will do this because its major manufacturing partner Foxconn is going to invest in an advanced TFT-LCD production line which will come online by 2018. This coupled with recent comments by Minebea, a backlight unit supplier for the iPhone, makes the analyst think that AMOLED displays may not be picked for the next-generation iPhone.
The fact remains though that the decision rests with Apple and it never comments on supply chain matters, so we aren’t going to get a confirmation from Cupertino on this matter, and with the next-gen iPhones not due before September next year it’s likely we’re going to hear more conflicting reports about the iPhone 7’s display.
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