It’s an open secret within the tech community that Apple withheld major innovative design overhauls from the iPhone 7 this year because they wanted to save the jaw-dropping changes for next year’s 10th-anniversary iPhone, which will very likely skip the S branding and be called iPhone 8 (personal opinion: I have a feeling Apple might skip the numbering all together and just call it “the new iPhone,” period).
The widespread belief is that the 2017 iPhone will be all glass, at least in the front, which would give off the visuals of a bezel-less phone (too bad, Apple, Xiaomi beat you to it). Well, over the weekend, a high-level Foxconn executive, who has just been appointed the CEO of Japanese tech company Sharp (which Foxconn owns), sort of confirmed the rumor when he gave away that Apple’s next phone will use an OLED display.
Speaking to his alma mater Tatung University in Taipei, Tai Jeng-wu had this to say about Apple (courtesy of Hong Kong tech site Eprice.com, with translation done by myself):
“The iPhone is in the midst of evolving. It’s switching from [low-temperature poly-silicon] to OLED panels. We don’t know whether OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple didn’t walk down this path and transform, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.”
Now Foxconn, as you probably know, is the company that manufactures iPhones for Apple, and virtually every iPhone leak comes from inside the Taiwanese company.
Tai also conveniently mentioned during his speech at the school that Sharp has ramped up production of OLED panels. This is also of note, since there were rumors (coming from South Korea) that Apple had reached a deal with Samsung to purchase 100 million OLED panels for $2.5 billion back in April. Could Apple be using OLED panels from both the South Korea giant and the struggling Japanese tech company that’s owned by Foxconn?
An OLED panel, for those who may not know, is an “organic light-emitting display” that displays deeper, “true” blacks and because it’s lighter than a traditional IPS (in-plane switching) display panel, can be flexed, aka curved. In most cases, OLED is considered superior. While Samsung has gone with a type of OLED display for a while, Apple has stuck with IPS, including the recent iPhone 7. This will almost certainly change with the iPhone 8.
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