Apple reportedly using OLED for all three iPhone models next year
While this year's iPhone lineup is likely to include 2 OLED models and 1 LCD model, Apple is reportedly planning to use OLED displays for all three new iPhone models in 2019.
Anonymous industry sources revealed to South Korea's Electronics Times that Apple recently started planning for three new iPhone models in 2019 and decided that all of them would be equipped with OLED panels.
The report is nothing new as The Bell - another Korean publication - claimed last year that Apple would make the full transition to OLED in 2019. Samsung is currently the sole supplier of OLED panels for Apple although there are reports that it may lose its exclusivity for future orders.
Electronic Times reported in November 2017 that China's largest display manufacturer BOE had offered to build two massive OLED production lines for Apple's orders. The Investor also reported that LG Display could start its first OLED shipments for the iPhone in the second half of the year.
DigiTimes added that LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display are competing with Samsung for future iPhone OLED orders. Just weeks ago, Apple is said to be negotiating for price cuts on its OLED orders from Samsung so that it can lower the production costs of this year's iPhone models to boost sales.