The iPhone 7 isn’t here yet, but the rumour mill is already spilling information about the iPhone 8. The hottest topic of discussion is: What kind of display will Apple use with this handset? According to rumours, there is a chance it will be an OLED display, and now manufacturers are knocking on Apple’s door with offers to grab their share of orders. This is the case with JDI, according to Japanese new agency Nikkan, as spotted by GforGames.
You may already know that multiple reports have suggested Apple could adopt an AMOLED display for the iPhone, but no earlier than 2018. That’s what well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said to investors, despite reports showing Foxconn’s bet on LCD display. Apple’s assembly partner has recently inked a deal with the Chinese government to build a display factory in Zhenghzou, China, and start mass production in 2018.
Interestingly, rumours claim Apple could adopt OLED displays instead, and Samsung has already started negotiation with the company, as has JDI, which opened discussions with the iPhone maker in the hope of securing some of the possible future OLED display orders.
To meet Apple’s (possible) demand, JDI will convert its 4.5-generation Ishikawa factory into an OLED test production line in spring 2016, claims the Nikkan report, and next summer the sixth generation will start pushing out OLED too, so everything will be set for the possible 2018 deadline.
Will Apple switch to OLED displays? I guess we will have to wait another two generations of iPhone first to find out.