Apple iPhone could have four different OLED suppliers by 2018

Apple iPhone could have four different OLED suppliers by 2018
Apple iPhone could have four different OLED suppliers by 2018
The Cupertino company is looking at South Korean and Japanese suppliers as Chinese manufacturers are not expected to be able to meet demand.

Market analysts are at it again with more predictions and rumors from those close to investors and industry insiders. This time, the Korea Herald and analyst Lee Choong-hoon from UBI Research are claiming that the iPhone in 2018 will offer a curved OLED display with sales expectations of about 100 million units. By 2020, 80 percent of iPhones sold are expected to carry curved OLED panels and Apple may even overtake Samsung in its incorporation of OLED technology in consumer devices.

Apple would be sourcing OLED panels from multiple vendors including Samsung, LG, Japan Display, and Foxconn with Samsung expected to meet 60 percent of the demand. According to sources close to Coong-hoon, Chinese manufacturers were considered before Apple realized that South Korean and Japanese manufacturers would be more likely to meet the demand come 2017 or 2018. Foxconn recently purchased an OLED production facility from Canon Tokki.

Currently, most analysts are in agreement that the 2016 iPhone refresh will be largely unspectacular and feel more like an extension of the current iPhone 6s. Instead, the 2017 and 2018 models should be carrying more headstrong or innovative changes in the form of OLED. See our list of iPhone 7 rumors and speculation for a more detailed rundown of what the industry is expecting from Apple this year.



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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-19 (Update: 2016-05-19)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.