Apple rumored to use OLED displays for all new iPhone models in 2018
While Apple is likely to equip one of the three iPhone models this year with an OLED display, the company might use OLED displays for all new iPhone models from next year.
Two industry sources told Nikkei Asian Review that Apple has plans to use advanced OLED panels in all new iPhone models from the second half of 2018. One of the sources added that Apple is considering to launch three new iPhone models next year.
Despite switching to OLED for the new iPhone lineup next year, Apple is likely to continue selling this year's iPhone models with LCD displays up till early 2019. Earlier in March, Korean publication The Bell reported that Apple will double the adoption of OLED panels for the iPhone in 2018 before making the full transition to OLED in 2019.
If Apple really switches to OLED displays for all new iPhone models from 2018, panel makers might not be able to meet its demands. Since Samsung reportedly signed several massive deals with Apple to supple OLED panels, the South Korean company will benefit the most. Samsung is also investing around KRW1 trillion into their OLED display complex to increase its manufacturing capacity.
As Apple typically diversifies its supply chain to reduce reliance on one supplier, it is rumored to been in talks with numerous Chinese suppliers and LG to source for additional OLED panels. In fact, many display suppliers are increasing their orders of equipment this year to meet Apple's demands.