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Upcoming iPhone models will be all-in on OLED tech

by Justin Herrick | May 29, 2018May 29, 2018 6:00 am PST

According to a new report, Apple has decided to use an OLED panel on each of the three models of its iPhone set to be released this fall. Instead of splitting its handsets between OLED and LCD, the company would give the new models custom-built displays similar to what we saw debut on the iPhone X. A source speaking with ET News said that Apple would be shifting the entire  2018 lineup to the same technology.

Until this latest report, it seemed Apple planned to use OLED panel on two models and an LCD panel on one model. The idea was that, because LCD panels are cheaper, the company would try to keep one model’s price less expensive than the others.

Apple is expected to launch iPhone models with 5.8-, 6.1-, and 6.5-inch displays. The 5.8-inch model would be a direct successor to the existing iPhone X, and the 6.5-inch model has been referred to as the iPhone X Plus. If the 6.1-inch model also has an OLED panel, it’s unclear how it’ll stand out from the other two beyond display size.

There’s some belief Apple will drop key features from the 6.1-inch model. Apple could retain an edge-to-edge display but ditch the dual-camera setup as well as 3D Touch. Yet the company would still aim to have facial recognition on-board.

LG Display could be the reason behind all three models getting OLED panels. While the display-making company was previously experiencing production woes, it may have gotten everything under control. That’s big for Apple as it’s wanted to reduce the reliance on Samsung for custom OLED panels.

Following the report’s information getting out, Japan Display took a massive blow. Its stock price plummetted 10 percent as Apple apparently no longer needs its assistance. Japan Display won’t be ready to work with OLED technology until 2019. In the meantime, the Japanese government is injecting cash into Japan Display as competition from South Korea remains strong.

The new iPhone models should be on track for a launch in early-to-mid September, and we’re starting to get a better idea of what Apple has in store. Apple is calling on its suppliers to prepare for mass production in the coming months.

As we progress through the summer, expect a lot more to leak about Apple’s upcoming iPhone models.

ET News Reuters

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...