Apple to Launch Three New IPhones in 2018 with OLED Display

Apple will use advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels in all new iPhones launched from the second half of 2018, according to industry sources cited in a report Thursday by Japanese outlet Nikkei.

An industry source added that the Californian company is “tentatively looking” at releasing three new iPhones next year, adding Apple has already started to design the upcoming models.

In a bid to make the switch easier and diversify its supply chain, Apple is reportedly considering investing up to $2.6 billion in LG Display to allow it to set up an OLED factory. However, the winner of this move is likely going to be Samsung which has been heavily investing in its OLED factories and technology. The company is already in an agreement with Apple to supply over 80-85 million OLED panels within the next two years.

The flagship device is expected to sport the highest screen-to-body ratio, ditch the physical Home button and reduce or completely eliminate the top and bottom chin.

Nikkei added that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models will be sold into early 2019. In other words, panel vendors will still be able to supply LCDs for older Apple handsets next year and well into 2019.


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