Apple and Samsung may join forces for 100 million OLED iPhone 7s Plus production run in 2017
They say there’s no smoke without fire, and since the iPhone AMOLED flame is constantly exacerbated by tipsters pouring gasoline all over it, you can bet the farm on Apple’s move away from LCD technology happening sooner rather than later.
Probably not this year, though. Granted, OLED smartphone screens are already cheaper to produce than their liquid-crystal display counterparts, but no major component suppliers can commit to the kind of numbers Cupertino needs to satisfy its fans’ rampant demand.
Hiring more than one company to furnish the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus organic light-emitting diode panels could always be an option, as Apple regularly collaborates with everyone from Samsung to LG or Sharp.
Still, we wouldn’t hold our breath for the long overdue upgrade to come to pass before 2017. Even then, only the plus-sized version of the iPhone 7s is rumored to leave LCD behind, while the 4.7-incher might continue to snub AMOLED, as a precaution.
Nonetheless, the world’s most profitable corporation expects the new standard in sharpness to very quickly catch on, reportedly entering a three-year supplying deal with Samsung. No words on whether the arrangement is exclusive, but based on speculated figures, it must be.
According to multiple Asian media outlets, Apple wants no less than 100 million 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus OLED screens manufactured next year alone, which is either a wildly inaccurate rumor or a big bet on every sales record known to man completely obliterated. Or maybe something got lost in translation, and the 100 mil units are ordered of Samsung for the entirety of the three-year agreement. We’ll see.