Speculation about the iPhone 8 just keeps pouring in, with the latest one confirming a previous rumor which alleged that the handset would sport an OLED screen. The source of the news is apparently Sharp president Tai Jeng-wu, who is also an executive at Hon Hai Precision Industry AKA Foxconn Technology Group.
The Nikkei Asian Review claims Jeng-wu revealed this intriguing bit of information while speaking to students at Tatung University. As per his remarks, the iPhone has been evolving and is now making the switch from LTPS to OLED panels.
He went on to state that they don’t know whether an OLED iPhone will be a hit, but is a necessary risk since Apple failing to walk down this path will result in no innovation. He also called the situation both a crisis and an opportunity.
This is true enough, since Apple has gone through its first annual sales decline since 2001, seemingly because of lessening demand and lack of innovative features in the iPhone 7. In that light, the iPhone 8 needs to blow people away in order to be a hit. Rumors suggest this could happen in the form of a glass sandwich design held together by a metal frame, virtual home button, and wireless charging.
However, the Jeng-wu did not specify when exactly the iPhone would begin sporting OLED displays. A previous report had posited that next year’s 5.5-inch iPhone 8 would indeed boast of a curved OLED panel, while the smaller 5-inch and 4.7-inch ones would stick to rigid LTPS.