Apple orders 70 million OLED panels from Samsung for iPhone 8

Phillip Butler
April 5, 2017

An OLED display looks to be on the cards for 2017's iPhone, with reports that Apple has made an order of 70 million OLED panels from Samsung's Display division.

Also, the source who has revealed data on the order of screens for the manufacture of the iPhone 8 points out that Samsung will be the only supplier of OLED panels.

While it's not clear whether Apple will indeed launch a curved iPhone 8 in 2017, the company does have a related patent that was granted to it by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) past year. At the same time, the OLED iPhone is expected to have a 5.2-inch display, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screen respectively. The report further mentions that the iPhone 7s and the 7s Plus will continue to use 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD panels, much like their predecessors.

The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled later this year with a release date not until after September and could come at the hefty price of $1,000.

Analysts expect the iPhone 8 will boost sales for the company.

The company has never used an OLED panel for its phone before. However, the upcoming phone is expected to transition to the OLED technology, resulting in the handset featuring a vibrant display that will also contribute to an efficient iOS operating system. The OLED technology is going to help Apple increase iPhone 8's battery life expectancy because it emits its own brightness. Apple is also likely to get rid of the home button on the front, and could introduce wireless charging on the new iPhones. And, to be blunt, the rise in Apple's stock this year of more than 24% as of this writing suggests that investors are, in fact, pricing in a great iPhone product cycle for the company. Furthermore, at least one model will have 3D sensors with built-in facial recognition.

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