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Report: Samsung providing OLED panels for Apple Watch


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Samsung may be supplying Apple with OLED displays for the Apple Watch and panels for the next iPhone.

According to South Korea’s ETNews, Samsung, one of Apple’s biggest rivals, has entered the fray as a supplier of the technology.

The report runs counter to previous rumours Apple will continue its partnership with LG Display as the sole provider of OLED panels.

Used in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6, OLED pixels produce their own light, eliminating the need for a backlight. The tech lets screens provide deeper blacks and richer colours.

It is also rumoured that Samsung could be providing the panels for use in future iPhones.

Related: Apple Watch 2 release date

The ETNews report, first spotted by Digitimes, states that Apple is expected to make a decision in November on whether to include the panels in the next iPhone.

Whatever the outcome, the decision is likely to affect Samsung’s production of curved OLED panels, something which the company is currently discussing.

There is no word yet on when the next Apple Watch will be released but 2016 seems most likely.

We've reached out to Samsung and Apple for comment on the report.

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October 27, 2015, 8:00 pm


I don't think the future of display is OLED. It's just too expensive (inherently).

OLED will likely go the way of plasma.

-Image streaking (refresh rate)
-Blue pixel decay
-Pentile pixel layout
-Artificial saturation
-low steady-state brightness
-slow refresh rate (compared to lcd)

-Wide viewing angle (doesn't matter for mobile)
-Low power (only true with dark theme. people still like reading with black on white, so it doesn't matter)
-Higher resolution (doesn't matter for a few years, every pixel means more processing by the GPU and lower battery life)

Most people still use their phone in lit environments meaning that OLED is still dimmer than LCD with no improvement from the contrast ratio (because ambient light reflects off the dark part of the screen causing a non-zero background emission).

Seriously, why is oled still interesting? Maybe new form factors?

Curved display = worthless due to image skew near bent glass.

zero bezel display = very interesting. This would let you tile phones/displays for interesting interactive experiences. This would be one case where OLED could win.

foldable display = also very interesting, but it can be done at much lower cost with LCD...

Quantum dots however...


October 28, 2015, 8:39 am

Interesting points. Regarding an assumed preference for black text on white, when are we ever given the choice (hence how would you know)? Certainly not on the majority of websites. Dpreview.com is about the only one I can think of that does white text on black. It is very relaxing on the eye, far less glare (obviously).


October 28, 2015, 10:08 am

Completely agree, that white text on black IS easier to read particularly on mobile devices.
There is also a battery benefit.
Choice is good but way too rare!


October 28, 2015, 2:02 pm

Especially. Consider that Android L/M doubled down on the very colorful and vibrant white theme. Designers have a vision that conflicts with OLED technology.

Dark is gloomy, but it can be healthier. The first IBM terminals were green on black, because the human eye is most sensitive to green, so it could be at lower lumen.

Green on black is the most human-eye centric design, but psychologically it isn't acceptable.


October 28, 2015, 10:23 pm

Didn't you post that exact same comment on Apple Insider? Don't you have a job or hobbies outside posting the same crap on tech forums?


October 28, 2015, 10:30 pm

Just curious about what techies are interested in. The same could be said about you :)


October 28, 2015, 10:49 pm

The difference is that I don't have a posting history that screams no lifer. Plus I punch lot of work in an hour.

Sure hope your lifestyle isn't dependent upon others'.


October 29, 2015, 12:11 am


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