OLED is a new display technology, used to create thin, power efficient and bright displays. Today OLEDs are used in mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras and even TV sets - as OLEDs are considered the best display technology ever.
Apple and OLED displays
Apple has been playing around with OLED displays for years, filing for several OLED patents - mainly ones related to flexible OLEDs. In April 2015, Apple started to ship their first wearable device, the Apple Watch which uses a flexible AMOLED display (made by LG Display). OLED displays are especially suitable for wearable devices - as the displays are thinner and lighter than LCD displays, and are more power efficient (especially if you tweak the UI to suit the special OLED properties).
Several reports suggest that Apple will adopt OLEDs in future iPhones - in 2017 or perhaps 2018. ETNews reported that that Apple chose Samsung Display as the company's primary OLED supplier for its next-gen iPhone, and the two companies signed an official contract - with Flexible OLED supply for Apple's next iPhone to begin in 2017.
Yonhap News confirmed the story, and added some new details. This is still not official of course (SDC declined to comment), but according to Yonhap Samsung Display agreed to supply 100 million 5.5" AMOLED panels to Apple per year, for about $2.6 billion - with shipment starting to 2017. Apple will maintain this contract for at least three years.
The latest Apple OLED News:
- Apple's iPhone wins burn-in test over Samsung's flagship OLED phones
- Korea Herald: LGD will start supplying Apple with flexible OLEDs in 2018
- DSCC: OLED revenues reached over $5 billion in Q3 2017, will reach $10 billion in Q4
- Business Korea: Samsung to ship 180-200 million OLEDs to Apple in 2018
- LGD sort of confirms it is in talks with Apple regarding an OLED display supply agreement
- ETNews: BOE is considering its third flexible OLED line as it aims to become an Apple OLED supplier
- KGI: Apple will release two OLED iPhones in 2018, sized 5.8" and 6.5"