Apple is 'Close' to OLED Screen Deal With LG and Samsung for Future iPhones

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    Apple is close to signing a final agreement with LG Display and Samsung to provide OLED screens for next-generation iPhones, according to a new report from ET News [Google Translate] (via Reuters). The OLED panels are rumored to be included with iPhones starting in 2018.

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    The two Korean companies plan to spend around $12.8 billion (15 trillion won) combined to build up OLED production capacity over the next two to three years. ET News also adds that Apple is likely to provide some funding to both LG and Samsung to help with their investments. Additionally, LG plans on converting existing LCD production lines into OLED production lines to reduce costs. Samsung, on the other hand, will produce 30 percent fewer orders than LG.

    Last month, Nikkei reported that Apple plans to switch iPhones over to OLED displays starting in 2018, with both LG and Samsung sharing a large portion of OLED panel production. LG was already planning capacity upgrades for high-volume OLED screen production that would be required for iPhone demand. Earlier this month, it was reported that Japan Display was also planning mass production of OLED displays for iPhones starting in 2018.

    OLED displays can provide sharper images and brighter colors compared to LCD displays. However, OLED displays tend to have shorter lifespans and come with higher manufacturing costs. Apple has been reportedly "consulting with display makers" on how to minimize potential drawbacks.

    Article Link: Apple is 'Close' to OLED Screen Deal With LG and Samsung for Future iPhones
     
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    On OLED screens, black takes less power, while white on the LED tech on current iPhones takes less power. I'd like to see them offer a 'Dark Mode' or just a black-based UI in general, like the Apple Watch.

    As much as I don't like the Apple Watch, the UI is pretty cool in places, especially because it seems to blend into the black bezel quite well.
     
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    It boggles my mind that a company (ok, two companies) can spend $12.8 Billion for a factory just to make iPhone screens.
    That is some serious manufacturing capacity and I am sure extremely high quality standards.
     
  5. nviz22 macrumors 68000

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    Finally they are making progress towards making the screens better. Lcds are nice, but OLED is much better.
     
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    Oh baby!

    I just can't wait for all the "OMG I got a LG display, should I return it to try and get a Samsung display?" threads :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm almost willing to bet 7S
     
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    Never heard anything about white pixels saving power on LCDs. Source?
     
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    S for SCREEN!

    It's so minuscule it's not even worth discussing.
     
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    These headlines write themselves
     
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    I have an iPhone 5 and waiting for an iPhone 7 and now news of OLED making it to an iPhone but not until 2018. Sad day for me and my first world problems. :(
     
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    Do you want a silk handkerchief to wipe those tears?
     
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    yay... OLED !!

    Apple's always good at preventing higher costs to customers, however i think we'll feel this one.. Is there such a thing as "maybe just due to nature of the technology, but can Apple do OLED to last just as long as LCD?"

    Then again, users may not care about shorter lifespan, given how often we replace our phones anyway :D
     
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    What would the "S" in the 6S stand for though?
     
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    Get ready for.... Displaygate!

    iPhone 7 release... MacRumor users:

    "What's the best way to get a Rose Gold iPhone 7 Plus with a TSMC A10 Chip and LG display? I read online that the LG display is 2% brighter and 1% more energy efficient. I deserve only the best!"
     
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    Can someone enlighten me? Why switch? I thought Apple was so proud of using IPS LCD Touch screens....
     
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    Cuz prettier.
     
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    It's typical iPhone protocol. AMOLED is better than IPS LCD, but there were quality and battery consumption issues. Those issues have been alleviated over the past couple of generations.

    That's just my impression from what I've read here. Take it or leave it.
     
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    not typically an issue on phones.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the Samsung Galaxy displays "Pentile"? In which case they are undersampling certain colors (typically blue) on the display. I don't see how one can argue that any such display is "sharper" than an IPS display at equivalent resolutions. If Pentile allows Samsung to increase the resolution by more than the undersampling, then perhaps it can be sharper.

    OLED probably does provide better dynamic range--and possibly color--than any backlit technology because it is emissive.
     
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    This is the thing that makes it look nicer than the android wear watches. It's tough to enforce apps always having a black background though.
     
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    I don't believe this.

    2018 (iPhone 8) is too late to switch to OLED. For 2018, it's expected that Apple would be already on Micro LED (also known as inorganic LED)
     

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