Apple may choose the new touch-integrated OLED panels from Samsung, the Korean major and its rival in the smartphone space, if reports are to be believed.
The technology is new and does away with the need to add a layer or a film as the touch screen panel to impart the capacity for the display panels you use on your smart devices. The big all-round gain is the display panes go thinner, the phones get thinner and the devices lighter in weight. Think about the cost saving as well.
Samsung Display’s Proprietary Technology
Samsung owns this technology and calls it ‘Y-Octa’ core technology where ‘Y’ stands for “Youm” which refers to flexible AMOLED. The technology lies in introducing the touch function during the panel production process and the finished panel is capable of absorbing this feature and functioning as any normal display panel with the touchscreen technology would do.
Everyone knows that Apple’s devices, particularly the iPhones are credited to possess much better sensitivity to the human touch and there are millions of users of users who, having used the Apple devices, find any other device less responsive. At least they will feel that the use of the fingers on the screen has to be for a slightly longer period. Keeping this in view, Samsung is said to have developed a new technology for Apple phones and discussions have already been held with the Cupertino headquartered company for the supply of these innovative OLED display panels and possibly even supply agreements have been entered into, according to a ETnews report.
Apple’s 2019 Phones May Sport These Displays
Apple’s iPhones are not new to the OLED display panels from Samsung. The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max released this year are fitted with OLED panels Apple sourced exclusively from Samsung. It is only now that the other Korean giant LG has begun making OLED panels for Apple. But with the new touch-integrated OLED display panels, Samsung will virtually hold a monopoly in the field. It already holds a mighty 97%+ share of the OLED display market.
But from the perspective of Apple, if it succeeds in fitting the new touch-integrated OLED displays on the next set of iPhones, it could kill several birds with one stone. It can cut down on the phones’ thickness and weight and the overall savings effected in the costs can be passed on to the customers. It can possibly negate the criticism aimed at it that its iPhones are very highly priced.