Rumors have been growing that Apple is reportedly working on releasing a new iPhone that will finally adopt OLED screen technology. However, don’t get too excited as the same reports claim that this will have to wait until 2017.
As the reports about the supposed OLED iPhone’s release keep gathering pace, it appears that Apple will be borrowing more than just the technology Samsung has been using for quite some time, but also the design language that was introduced on the curved-edge smartphones, the latest being Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
If latest the reports are to be believed, Apple has plans to unveil an iPhone in 2017 with the same (or even smaller) dimensions as the current 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus, but squeeze in a 5.8-inch OLED display. It is hard to even consider believing such speculation, but given that it is coming from a renowned personality in the shape of KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, it can be considered. This is not the first time that Kuo has come in with such speculations for the 2017 iPhone; in fact, he has done it before on more than one occasion.
Out with LCD, in with OLED
There have been speculations that Apple will soon be ditching LCD screens in favor of OLED panels. This seems to be destined for 2017 and as it seems; Cupertino will be taking more than just OLED panels from Samsung.
In order to fit this huge display in such a small case, Apple will have to use similar technology to what Samsung has been doing with OLED phones. According to Kuo, the 2017 iPhone will come with a completely new form factor featuring narrower bezels. In addition, some cues will be taken from the iPhone 4’s glass front and rear as well as the metal sides.
Samsung has been able to come in with curvier designs thanks to OLED panels and this has been a success story so far for the Korean company. Industry experts also claim that these OLED panels are basically lighter and thinner; they give better viewing angles and are also better power managers.
OLED panels are considered flexible; something that Samsung has proved with the Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones as well as Galaxy Round displays. Maybe, Apple wants to come in with a foldable and more flexible OLED iPhone in 2017.
It is obvious that OLED is the future as more and more smartphone OEMs are taking this path, so why not Apple?