Rumors about the iPhone 8 are dropping in at a regular pace now, but a new report is looking ahead of Apple’s 2017 series to its 2018 one. The company’s apparently planning to use OLED displays for all 3 of its handsets next year.
Apple is widely expected to launch 3 iPhones this year, with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus sporting LCD screens and the iPhone 8 featuring an OLED panel. The company likely decided to do so because the latter material is in short supply at the moment. Perhaps this won’t be the case next year.
Two industry sources told the Nikkei Asian Review that Apple was tentatively working to unveil 3 OLED iPhones in the second half of 2018. The brand has supposedly begun the process of designing the new devices. Of course, its plans are subject to change keeping in mind market forces and component quality.
OLED industry insiders aren’t quite as optimistic about an all-OLED lineup next year, suggesting that manufacturers might not be able to produce enough to meet Apple’s demands. Samsung is currently its only OLED supplier and the contract is expected to continue in 2018 since the South Korean firm is the biggest player in the OLED sector.
Rumor has it that Apple is looking to diversify its partnerships by investing a whopping 2 to 3 trillion won ($1.75 to $2.62 billion) in LG Display to help speed up the production of OLED panels. Interestingly enough, Google has reportedly already implemented the same strategy to secure its own OLED supply for future Pixel smartphones.