Apple to Use OLED Displays Across Entire 2019 iPhone Lineup

Apple’s rumored triple-lens iPhone, allegedly coming in 2019, may bring 3x optical zoom and advanced 3D sensing via stereoscopic vision, one analyst speculated Tuesday. That’s according to a research note from Deutsche Securities analyst Jialin Lu, mentioned in a Tuesday report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News (Google Translate).

From the report:
Apple recently started planning the iPhone model in 2019 and decided to adopt OLED in all three types,” said an official from Apple who said, “The OLED used in the iPhone X (TEN) is a low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) LCD Quality, performance, and so on. ” Another official said, “Apple has decided to put all the OLED on the new iPhone model in 2019.”
The news has already sent the shares of Japan Display, a key LCD supplier to Apple, tumbling by over 20 percent. The company has been unable to transition to manufacturing OLED panels despite receiving heavy capital infusion from the Japanese government. Other LCD panel makers are also struggling with setting up their OLED factories. No wonder then that Samsung dominates the OLED supply chain in the smartphone world with over 95 percent of the market share. The company took advantage of this monopoly to reportedly charge Apple a steep $130 per unit for the OLED panel used in the iPhone X. However, for its 2018 iPhone lineup, Apple has requested Samsung to lower the prices of its OLED panels. 


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