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Apple may turn to OLED for the iPhone 7s

Apple may turn to OLED for the iPhone 7s
Apple may turn to OLED for the iPhone 7s
Apple iPhones with both OLED panels and 3D Touch could be coming as early as next year.

Rumors were swirling late last year about Apple suppliers readying production on OLED panels by 2018. So far, Apple has relied solely on more conventional IPS LCDs for its iPhones and iPads. After the implementation of 3D Touch, the manufacturer's next step may be the integration of OLED panels for the eventual iPhone 7s.

If Apple continues its yearly release schedule, then the iPhone 7s should be coming sometime next year. Nikkei reported last year that major manufacturers like Samsung and LG will be expanding their OLED production facilities to accommodate the eventual high demand for the panel. Now, sources and analysts are feeling confident that Apple will be moving to OLED ahead of schedule by up to a year.

The advantages of OLED over traditional TN or IPS lie primarily in contrast and Black levels. Apple's interest in OLED may be driven by a fear that competing smartphones could be catching up or surpassing the iPhone or iPad in display quality. After all, it is Samsung and not Apple that is constantly praised for offering smartphones with the best panels available.

Apple is expected to unveil its lineup for 2016 later this month during a dedicated press event.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-03- 4 (Update: 2016-03- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.