We’ve already heard a lot about the iPhone 8, despite the fact the phone is about a year away from release, and now we’ve got more rumours to add to the ever-growing pile.
While there’s been a lot of talk of a curved OLED screen on the next Apple handset, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple has further display ambitions for the phone.
The report claims Apple has asked its suppliers to prodice thinner OLED panels and “submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung”.
Apple has used LCD technology for its phone screens for years now, but a number of rumours and reports have claimed the company is making the switch to OLED tech in 2018, bringing it in line with rival Samsung.
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Samsung uses OLED for its flagship Galaxy S-series phones, with the current Galaxy S7 sporting a Quad HD (1,440 x 2,560) display.
At this point, it’s unclear what the South Korean firm has planned, display-wise, for its upcoming Galaxy S8, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the QHD resolution sticking around.
The iPhone 7 has a 750 x 1,334 LCD display
If the WSJ’s report is accurate, then, we’d expect a QHD screen on the iPhone 8 at the very least, which would be a big jump from the iPhone 7‘s 750 x 1,334 LCD display.
The latest report also repeats the claims of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously suggested an OLED iPhone 8 will arrive as one of several iPhone models next year.
However, the WSJ also says the OLED model is one of more than 10 prototypes being considered by Apple, and may not actually be released.
Samsung produces OLED panels, which contain pixels capable of emitting their own light, through its Samsung Display Co. unit, and currently dominates the market for smartphone OLED screens.
Apple has used the company as a supplier of iPhone parts in the past, but whether it will be using Samsung as a supplier for the OLED panels remains to be seen at this point – especially as it currently uses LG Display, Japan Display, and Sharp for its retina displays.
None of the latest information has been confirmed by Apple at this point, so take the latest report with due caution.
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