Latest iPhone OLED-screen rumors point to availability sooner rather than later
Is it an inevitability that Apple will transition to OLED screens for future generations of the iPhone? A number of industry sources would sure have us think so, and it feels like there’s no shortage of rumors claiming that Apple’s looking to make the switch sometime within the next few years. Even if we take that move as given, when would Apple actually move forward with this plan? Sometimes we hear rumors talking about Apple going OLED as soon as next year with the iPhone 7s, while other rumors have looked further out, suggesting that 2018 would be the more likely year to see an OLED iPhone arrive. We don’t think we’ll have an answer for a long while to come, but that’s not going to stop additional sources from throwing their own estimates in the ring, and the latest market research report suggests Apple could get on board the OLED train for next year’s iPhone.
The report points to both Samsung and LG increasing their OLED production capabilities in anticipation of big new orders – including that from Apple. So the theory goes, Apple would first turn to Samsung for its initial OLED orders, before branching out to other suppliers like LG.
That general strategy mirrors a theory we heard earlier this month, but while that one left the door open for a possible 2018 date for the LCD-OLED switch, this week’s analysis is laser-focused on Apple making this happen in 2017.
We don’t see any further mention here about just what kind of phone we should expect from Apple’s first OLED model, and nothing about it coming in with a big 5.8-inch screen size – just that it could launch next year, rather than in 2018.