Apple to buy OLED screens from LG display and Samsung
Yes , this is true, Apple might buy OLED screens from LG Display and Samsung for next-generation iPhones, according to a new report from ET News . The OLED panels are rumored to be included with iPhones starting in 2018 i.e. iPhone 8 might have them.
The two Korean tech giants plan to spend around $12.8 billion combined to build up OLED production capacity over the next two to three years. ET News also adds that Apple is likely to provide some funding to both LG and Samsung to help with their investments. Additionally, LG plans on converting existing LCD production lines into OLED production lines to reduce costs. Samsung, on the other hand, will produce 30 percent fewer orders than LG. LG is also expected to shift some of its LCD lines to the production of the flexible OLED displays.
But as there were no such major upgrades in iPhone 6 , Apple might give us a surprise by introducing OLED screens for iPhone 7 .
Benefits of using OLED display
The LCD panels that the company currently uses need to be fully lit whenever you turn the screen on, no matter what you’re actually looking at. The primary benefit of OLED panels is that you only have to light up the individual pixels that are being used to display the image—anything that’s black doesn’t need to be lit, which improves contrast and reduces power consumption.
OLED displays can provide sharper images and brighter colors compared to LCD displays. However, OLED displays tend to have shorter lifespans and come with higher manufacturing costs. Apple has been reportedly “consulting with display makers” on how to minimize potential drawbacks.
Problems with OLED
OLED seems to be the perfect technology for all types of displays, but it also has some problems:
Lifetime – While red and green OLED films have longer lifetimes (46,000 to 230,000 hours), blue organics currently have much shorter lifetimes (up to around 14,000 hours[source: OLED-Info.com]).
- Manufacturing – Manufacturing processes are expensive right now.
- Water – Water can easily damage OLED’s.
- Cost effective – Generally, iPhone are far more expensive than their competitors, and the addition of an OLED screen shall make them even more expensive.
At the same time, Japan Display — one of Apple’s LCD displays suppliers — doesn’t want to be left out of the running. The screen manufacturer is also in talks with Apple to secure a portion of its OLED orders, starting with a prototype production line in the spring of 2016, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkan.