A new report from Nikkei is claiming that Apple has placed an order of almost 70 million ‘bendable’ OLED displays from Samsung to be used in the next iPhone 8, which gives credence to an earlier rumor which we shared a while ago that Apple wants Samsung’s OLED panels on iPhone 8. As we inch ever closer to the eventual launch of the upcoming latest iPhone in around September, rumored leaks and reports have also gathered pace.
Rumors of Apple going with the OLED display for the first time on iPhone hasn’t been a new one. Based on the claims made in a recent report, which is citing a source close to a supply chain, that Apple has contacted Samsung with an initial order of 70 million OLED panels for iPhone 8. The anonymous source went on to state that Samsung is well on course to hit 95 million mark later this year but for now reported figure of around 70 million is being rumored. Samsung is tipped to be the only provider of the OLED panels for the iPhone 8 as the South Korean electronic giant has the most advanced technology required to manufacture industry leading OLED screens in terms of quality and reliability.
“Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations,” Hsieh said.
The decision to order OLED panels for the next flagship iPhone has not been an easy one for Apple, but after months of speculations it appears Apple finally decided on Samsung despite efforts to look elsewhere for supplier in an effort to reduce reliance on its main direct smartphone competitor for manufacturing components.
Today’s reports also mentions that the next iPhone 8 will come with a 5.2-inch OLED screen with curved edges, and it may well end up costing customers over a $1000 per unit. Apple is planning to break the usual two iPhone models launch cycle by releasing three iPhone. Some renders of the iPhone are bring thought to accurately predict the next iPhone’s design. This report further says that the supplier are still in the middle of figuring out how to handle the overheating issue on larger OLED models with bigger battery and alleged glass panels.
Moreover, the reports claims that all three device models are expected to come with the waterproof unibody. The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus could have the same home button as on the current models but the flagship iPhone 8 will feature support for a new biometric technology like facial recognition.
The industry source familiar with iPhone design says all three handsets will come with wireless charging functions, although suppliers are still trying to resolve overheating issues. They will also be waterproof, according to the source
The iPhone 8 is expected to be launched later this year around September time. However, manufacturing issues could push forward the eventual unveiling of the flagship model.