Apple Considering Switching to OLEDs for Some iPhone 7 Models
January 23, 2017
OLED displays are expected in the iPhone 8 but only one of Apple's three anticipated new iPhones for 2017, the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the logical successors of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, will still use LCD screens, the same reports said. However, analyst Timothy Arcuri said that Apple may yet choose to use OLED displays in the iPhone 7s models. Two factors may influence this decision, including Samsung's capacity to deliver the enough OLED screens that meet Apple's requirements, and consumption of Apple's existing LCD inventory. Samsung will be the only OLED display manufacturer for the iPhone, but even the South Korean giant may not have sufficient capacity to meet all of Apple's demand, which is why only the iPhone 8 will get the new OLED screens. Other smartphone makers have been taking notice of iPhone 8 OLED and are looking to secure OLED supply for their own handsets. Apple's switch to OLED for the iPhone should significantly improve the overall screen performance. Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7 have been widely praised for their OLED screens, which offer superior features to the iPhone's LCD screen.