As we all know by now, amidst the seemingly endless rumor mill surrounding the upcoming phone, Apple has plans to unveil an OLED iPhone 8 this year. Now, according to a new insider report, Apple is reportedly planning to switch to OLED displays for all iPhone models by 2019.
According to the insider report from The Bell, first reported by MacRumors, both Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Interflex are investing heavily in equipment to make the flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB) which will be needed for the OLED iPhones. Apple will double the adoption of OLED panels for the 2018 iPhones before completely migrating over to OLED-only models for 2019.
“Samsung Electro-Mechanics has already started to expand its Vietnam plant in the second half of the 100 billion won range,” reads the report, “and Interflex is considering investing 100 billion won in the second half of this year.”
It has also been reported previously that by 2020, Samsung would possess more than 70 percent of the global smartphone AMOLED market, so there’s further evidence that Apple will continue to rely on it.
“Apple plans to introduce OLED panels to all iPhone models by 2019,” reads The Bell‘s report. “This year’s introduction accounted for only 40%, but next year it is expected to double to 80% and 100% next year.”
While Apple is only said to be producing around 60 million OLED units this year—roughly 40 percent of total iPhones—the report claims Apple “aims to use OLED for all its new iPhones by 2019.”
Only the ‘iPhone 8’ this year will come with an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display, while the rumoured iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are said to retain LCD displays.