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Rumours continue to suggest that Apple is likely to adopt OLED technology

The current rumours suggest the "iPhone 8" could be the first iPhone to adopt OLED technology with an expectation of a release date during 2018, although some believe it could be as late as 2019

7 Dec 2015 | Editor

Recently, there has been a big increase in news stories from Japan claiming that Apple is planning to make the transition to OLED panel displays for its iPhone line-up starting in 2018 - Apple has already adopted OLED display technology for the Apple Watch.

Japan Display is reported to be in talks to supply OLED panels years in the near future and beyond according to Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, a business-focused daily newspaper in Japan. If Apple were to stick to its naming conventions and release cycle, a 2018 handset could be referred to as an iPhone 8.

According to the latest rumour, Japan Display is hoping to begin supplying OLED panels to Apple as early as spring 2018. Current and previous iPhone models have used LCD displays, which are more currently lower cost then equivalent OLED panels.

This latest rumour builds on the reports that surfaced in late November which suggested that Apple was actively working towards using OLED displays for iPhones beginning in 2018. The source of that rumour was another Japanese publication, Nikkei, which said that LG Display was ramping up capacity in anticipation of Apple's switch.

However, not everyone believes this will occur so early - Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, is reported to have said that he doesn't think Apple will embrace OLED panels in the iPhone until 2019 at the earliest.

In addition to being more affordable, LCD also offers supply flexibility, longer product life, and superior visibility in sunlight. OLED panels, meanwhile, are known for bright colours and power consumption savings, which are key reasons Apple chose OLED for the wearable Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch also takes advantage of its OLED panel by featuring a dark user interface, with most screens displaying black backgrounds on white text. Darker user-interfaces can help to extend battery life of OLED displays.

This advantage does not exist when using LCD, which requires a backlight to illuminate all pixels regardless of colour. Therefore, without a darker user-interface an iPhone with an OLED display wouldn't be able to achieve the same reduction in power consumption .

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