It has constantly been rumored for the past couple of months that Apple is going to shift to OLED displays for the iPhone. That would be a pretty major change and considering that it sells some of the most highly desirable smartphones on the planet naturally companies that make OLED panels would want a piece of Apple’s business. Samsung is an established OLED display supplier already and now it’s believed that it could emerge as Apple’s major supplier for OLED panels.
Other suppliers that are believed to be courting Apple’s business include Japan Display, AUO and LG. Previous rumors suggest that Apple has sourced samples from all suppliers and will likely pick two that will provide the panels for a future iPhone that will have an OLED display.
The latest from Korea is that the contract between Apple and Samsung for the supply of flexible OLED panels for iPhone is practically done and dusted, this will give Samsung a major chunk of the orders, and for that purpose the Korean giant is believed to be investing more than $3 billion on manufacturing facilities and equipment so that it can ensure a seamless manufacturing process.
Several analysts have already predicted that while it can’t be said for sure if Apple is never going to make the switch to OLED, at least, it won’t happen with the iPhone 7 this year. By many estimates, we may have to wait until the iPhone 8 arrives to get one that doesn’t have an LCD display.