Will a secondary OLED on Apple's MacBook Pro be a boon to the OLED industry?

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Apple is set to announce its new MacBook Pro lineup towards the end of October. In June we reported of rumors that one of the new features in these new laptops will be an OLED touch bar, a secondary display placed above the keyboard (instead of the function keys). You can see a proposed render (this is not an official photo of course):

Apple MacBook Pro 2016 secondary OLED renderMacBook Pro render (Source: Martin Hajek)

Since June, more reports surfaced that confirm the secondary-OLED. It seems that most analyst now agree that the MacBook Pro will indeed come with this interesting OLED strip. A leaked Chassis image from June, which you can see above, supports these rumors. I'm sure Apple will find very nice use cases for such a display on a laptop. It is interesting to try and figure out the effect of Apple's secondary MacBook Pro OLED on the OLED market itself.

Volkswagen unveils a new concept car with OLED lighting

Volkswagen unveiled a new all-electric concept car, the I.D. The car uses Volkswagen's dedicated battery-electric vehicle architecture, called Modular Electric Drive (MEB).

Volkswagen I.D. concept car front photo

The I.D. uses thin OLED taillights. The reports say that the headlights combine LED and OLED, and indeed from the image above it seems that the headlights are surrounded by thin OLED strips.

TCL 580

TCL's 580 is a budget smartphone that features a 5" 1280x720 AMOLED display, a 1.5Ghz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, MicroSD, Dual-SIM and a 13Mp camera.

TCL 580 photo

The TCL 580 will cost 1399 Yuan ($210) when it launches on October 10th in China.

The NFL Network installs six 55" transparent OLED monitors

NFL Network, an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network, installed several transparent OLED displays at its NFL GameDay Studio. The studio now hosts a total of six 55" FHD transparent Planar LookThru OLED monitors. The NFL Network says that the idea was to give the a show a technological forward-looking sense.

NFL Network transparent OLEDs photo

Planar Systems unveiled its first 55" Full-HD transparent OLED prototype in February 2015, and started accepting orders for the Planar LookThru displays in November 2015 for $14,995. Planar is using Samsung's 55" transparent OLED (announced in June 2015) - which was supposed to start shipping in Q2 2016 - but actually Samsung halted production last month - which means that Planar will probably won't be able to sell a lot of these displays (maybe the NFL Network will be happy to know that).

UBI: Apple will purchase 518 million flexible OLED displays in 2021

Market Analyst UBI Research estimates the flexible OLED shipments used by Apple iPhone will grow from 34 million panels in 2017 (in which Apple will, according to UBI, launch its first OLED phone) to 518 million panels in 2021 - surpassing Samsung Electronics that will sell 298 million flexible OLED smartphones.

Flexible OLED shipments by customer (UBI, 2015-2021)

This is a bold statement by UBI - especially as flexible OLEDs have been used by Samsung for years now with great success, and the company is actually planning to adopt foldable OLED displays in future devices - which may completely revolutionize the segment if successful.

TCL 950

TCL's 950 is a flagship smartphone that features a 5.5" FHD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, MicroSD slot and a 21Mp camera.

TCL 950 photo

TCL did not yet reveal the price or release date of the 950 smartphone.

LG scraps plans to adopt flexible OLEDs in its next flagship phone, the G6

According to a report from the Korean ChosunBiz LG had plans to adopt a flexible edge-type display in its next flagship phone, the G6. But LG Display could not produce enough such displays as it does not have enough capacity - and the Korean company will adopt a flat LCD display.

LG 6'' flexible OLED edge phone prototype photo

LG Display has been developing flexible OLED display technologies for a long time, and back in January 2015 the company already demonstrated the prototype you see above - a 6" plastic OLED display that curves on both edges.

Samsung Galaxy On8

Samsung's Galaxy On8 is an India-bound smartphone with a 5.5" FHD AMOLED display, a 1.6Ghz octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 13mp camera, Dual-SIM and 32GB of internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy On8 photo

The On8 will start shipping in October 2016, for about $250 in India.

Meet the OLED-Info team at Printed & Flexible Electronics China 2017

On January 11-13 2017 Shanghai will be hosting the annual Printed and Flexible Electronics China conference. The OLED-Info team will visit this event - so if anyone wishes to schedule a meeting - now is a great time to do so. The event organizers were kind enough to offer a 20% discount for OLED-Info readers (to both visitors and exhibitors) - contact us for more information on how to get this discount.

Printed and Flexible Electronic China 2017 banner

P&FEC aims to bring together industry professionals for a chance to be updated on the latest printed electronics advances, while getting a chance to network with industry leaders in China - and globally.

IHS: AMOLED to surpass a-Si small display shipments in 2016

IHS estimates that the active-matrix small and medium display market will reach $43.4 billion in 2016, up slightly from 2015. This includes AMOLED, LCD and E Ink displays.

AM-display market share (IHS 2015-2016)

According to IHS, AMOLED revenues will reach $14.3 billion - surpassing a-Si LCD revenue ($14 billion) - and almost reaching LTPS LCD display revenues ($14.7 billion). a-Si LCD revenues are on the decline - and IHS sees a-Si LCD as a soon-to-be legacy display technology. AMOLED is expected to grow quickly, mostly due to demand for flexible OLEDs.

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