The rumors according to which Apple will make the transition towards OLED displays for its iPhones and iPads have been making the rounds for years. However, this doesn’t mean that Apple won’t make the jump at some point or that it hasn’t at least considered the pros and cons of such a move.
Aside switching to OLED displays for its smartphones and tablets, another hot topic among discussion boards is when will Apple start using flexible displays. Samsung and LG have released smartphones featuring this kind of tech since 2013, so it’s only natural for people to wonder when will the Cupertino-based company hop on the “flexible” bandwagon.
Well, according to a new report, not sometime soon. Join us after the break for more.
According to the South Korean media, which is citing an unnamed industry source, it is “very likely” that the first iPhone with a flexible display will be released in 2018. The same source says that Apple’s display suppliers are “working on it” (as in trying to increase flexible OLED manufacturing capacity) and that releasing an iPhone with a flexible OLED display will “create a huge market”.
If you think about it, the part with the huge market might be spot on, because that’s exactly what Apple did last year with its iPhone line up, by finally releasing smartphones with displays bigger than 4 inches. It’s no secret that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales have set new records for the industry.
Also, the part about Apple’s display suppliers “working on” increasing flexible OLED yield is logical. While Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge comes with such a display, the smartphone’s sales don’t even come close to Apple’s flagships sales numbers. And even so, it has been reported several times that Samsung is struggling with curved glass and flexible display yields.
Now, moving on to Apple using OLED displays (not necessarily flexible), the source is claiming that Apple is “serious” about it as this kind of displays can solve “existing weak points such as color saturation, accuracy, and brightness”. It’s not clear if Apple itself has reached this conclusion or if this is the personal opinion of the source.
So, all in all, it’s probably safe to say that Apple won’t switch to flexible OLED displays any time soon. However, an iPhone or iPad with a normal OLED screen might be a somewhat safer bet for the next couple of years or so.