A new report from Nikkei suggests that all four 2020 iPhone models will come with an OLED display supplied by Samsung Display.
Until last year, the company offered OLED displays only on its premium Pro models, while the more affordable iPhone 11 and the iPhone XR came with LCD displays.
“Apple will use OLED screens for all its forthcoming 5G iPhones this year, going all-in with the world’s premium display technology for its flagship range in a move that is sure to spark new competition among suppliers of smartphone panels,” reads the report.
“The U.S. tech giant plans to introduce four 5G iPhones with three different screen sizes — 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch — all of which will use the OLED technology, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. The technology not only is more power-efficient, but also produces sharper contrast, deeper back than liquid-crystal displays.”
The “executive-level source” states that despite the inclusion of OLED panels on all four models, the iPhone 12 will feature a “fringe” or a notch up top to house the Face ID sensors.
OLED technology is not new to the iPhone, but Apple has held onto an LCD model in previous releases, meaning the iPhone 12 might be the first lineup of phones with no LCD option — Apple likely expects the iPhone SE to fill that gap.
In addition to the display specifics, Nikkei also corroborated the previous reports about the lack of a power brick and EarPods in the in-box accessories for the upcoming smartphones.