IHS Says Apple is Driving Growth in High-Resolution Smartphone Displays
According to the latest IHS report, global demand for low temperature polysilicon thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (LTPS TFT LCD) for smartphones is growing, despite the fact that overall smartphone market growth is slowing down. Thanks to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in which Apple has adopted wider displays with higher resolution, the demand for LTPS TFT LCD displays has significantly increased, notes IHS.
Led by Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LTPS TFT LCD smartphone display shipments grew 31 percent in the first half (H1) of 2015 to reach 251 million units. The iPhone displays made up more than half (52 percent) of all LTPS TFT LCD smartphone display shipments in H1 2015, according to IHS Inc. , the leading global source of critical information and insight. LTPS TFT LCD is used in Apple’s iPhone and other high-end smartphones that have full high definition (FHD) displays with resolutions of 1920×1080 pixels and in wide quad high definition (WQHD) displays with resolutions of 2560×1440 pixels.
The report highlights that display manufacturers are now investing in new fabs to increase future production capacity, not only for LTPS TFT LCD displays, but also for high-resolution active-matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays. “Due to strong growth in LTPS TFT LCD for the iPhone, Apple competitors are also now increasing orders of high-resolution displays”, said Hiroshi Hayase, director of analysis and research for IHS Technology.
The IHS Smartphone Display Market Tracker provides a quarterly update on smartphone display shipments, technology development, features trends and smartphone market dynamics.