Apple is planning to make the switch to OLED display technology for its iPhone handsets, according to reports on Wednesday, but not until 2018.
Japanese new source Nikkei says Apple has already made plans with suppliers like LG in order to facilitate the transition.
According to the report LG is already planning to upgrade its capacity to make higher volumes of OLED displays.
The article also claims Samsung will share much of the burden of producing the OLED displays, despite Apple’s tempestuous relationship with the Korean firm.
Nikkei writes (via MacRumors): “Samsung Electronics is currently the only company that can reliably mass-produce OLED smartphone screens. LG Display has a track record for producing OLEDs for television screens. Given this, the two companies will likely supply a large portion of Apple's displays.”
The report points out there’ll be major implications for Japanese companies Sharp and Japan Display who currently cannot built OLED screens in volume.
For customers the switch is likely to mean brighter images and sharper colours compared to the current generation of iPhones.
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Apple loyalists can probably expect screens that rival the AMOLED panels featured on Samsung’s popular Galaxy series handsets.
According to the report, Apple will still make LCD devices and sell them alongside the new OLED versions.