This year’s iPhone lineup is widely expected to feature just one new model with an OLED display — the flagship “iPhone 8” — but according to a new report the company is rumored to be utilizing the display technology in a big way a year later, when it could offer three OLED iPhones.
According to an insider sources via Nikkei, Apple is planning to use OLED displays “in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018.”
Additionally, according to one source Apple is “tentatively” looking to debut three iPhone models next year, and all would use an OLED display. That would be in contrast to the trio of iPhones coming in 2017, two of which are expected to still use LCD screens and one of which will be the first iPhone to transition to OLED, the so-called iPhone 8.
“Apple has started to design new iPhones for release in 2018, but its plans are subject to change,” reads the report. “The company has a record of tweaking product specifications and lineup along the way, staying flexible to accommodate market forces and component quality.”
Thursday’s report didn’t give any indication as to what screen sizes could use OLED panels in the second half of 2018. It’s possible that Apple could stick with sizes of 4.7, 5.2 and 5.5 inches, or do something else entirely —like an even larger “phablet” device, or a next-generation 4-inch successor to the iPhone SE.
According to Nikkei, the LCD “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” are expected to be sold into early 2019, likely transitioning into budget models after a fall of 2018 refresh, if Apple sticks to its traditional release schedules.