Industry exec weighs in on Samsung-made iPhone OLED screen rumors
Is it just a matter of time before Apple releases an iPhone with an OLED display? It’s one of those rumors that we hear every so often, thought it’s really been heating up in recent weeks. About a month back we heard that Apple could turn to Samsung for OLED panels to be featured in the iPhone 7, though more recent reports repeated a rumor that was floating around over the summer, claiming that while a Samsung-made OLED screen could show up in a future iPhone, it probably wouldn’t come in time for next year’s iPhone 7, and it could still be three years or so before this change is ready to happen. Now a new source is talking much along those same lines, as a “high-ranking industry executive” comments on the rumors.
While many of those earlier reports were based on findings by industry analysts, this may be the first we’ve heard directly attributed to a single industry source – even if an anonymous one.
And what he’s saying fits with this idea of the iPhone not getting a Samsung-made OLED screen until something like 2018.
The reason for that delay is supposedly all about money, and while OLED screens offer some advantages over LCDs, right now they’re just too expensive to make for Apple’s tastes. That could change, though, as Samsung ramps up its manufacturing capability – a move that could be ready in time for this 2018 timeline we’re discussing.
Talking about things that far out, this probably isn’t even close to a done deal yet, but considering the number of sources we’ve heard repeating much of this same story, there could be more than a little truth to it.