A new report has confirmed speculation that Apple would supply at least one 2017 iPhone with an OLED panel. The tech major appears to have inked a deal with Samsung for the screens, placing an order for 70 million units.
That’s a pretty high number and could be taken as an indication of how confident Apple is about its tenth anniversary iPhone. Samsung may in fact be getting ready to produce 95 million units this year, just in case demand exceeds expectations. If this doesn’t happen and all 70 million units don’t get sold, the surplus handsets will be carried over to the next year depending on demand.
Apple is probably going to launch 3 iPhone models this year, commonly referred to as the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8. The last may be priced at $1000 or more, do without a home button, and feature a slightly curved OLED display that measures about 5.2-inch diagonally.
The first 2 will likely stick to 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flat LCD screens with the home button intact. An industry source familiar with the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review that all 3 will boast of waterproofing and wireless charging skills. Intriguingly, suppliers are apparently still trying to fix overheating issues.
Another source claims that at least one model will support a 3D sensor for facial recognition. This falls in line with a recent Barclays note which stated that the iPhone 8 would feature two 3D sensors, one on the back and the other on the front.