Apple Serious In Releasing 'Bendable' Screens For iPhones In 2018
Jan 26, 2017 09:49 AM EST
Bendable screens is not a first in mobile technology and Apple might just join the bandwagon. Reports claim that Apple's Asian suppliers are competing to win large contracts to build tens of millions of screens.
Japan Display, a current Apple supplier, says that the "flexible liquid-crystal-display panel" technology will be ready in 2018. In fact, Apple is considering the new bendable LCD technology for future iPhones which may be able to be bent or curved around the edges of a phone. This is similar with Samsung's Galaxy Edge phones - a design that Apple is expected to implement in their future models.
Moreover, an insider claims that Apple is serious about transferring its flagship product lineup to one equipped with organic light-emitting diode (OLED). It is because screens with an OLED display can solve Apple's existing weak points such as color saturation, accuracy, and brightness. The source added that should Apple implement the OLED-based bendable screen, their market will become even bigger as this is something the company has not yet used over the past years.
Currently, Apple has only applied the flexible OLEDs to their Apple Watch. Notably, Samsung is the only company to mass produce and stand at the top in the OLED smartphone market. Due to this, Samsung won the contract to be the sole OLED supplier for Apple, earlier this year. But its rivals, which includes Japan Display, are still fighting to build the capacity to supply Apple in 2018 and beyond. Foxconn subsidiary Sharp's president told reporters of Apple's struggle to secure enough screens.
The Sharp president further noted that there is no guarantee of success if Apple chooses to shift to OLED bendable screens, but if the tech giant doesn't transform itself then there will be no innovation. Another information about future Apple phones surrounding rumor mill is its desire to remove the home button for their next iPhone 8. Instead of a button, fingerprint sensors would be built into the screen. Guess we will have to wait a little bit more to see which of these will the company implement.