No Complete Transition To OLED For The iPhone 8 Lineup Claims WSJ

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Dec 9, 2016
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It’s only a while until 2016 comes to an end. The year’s seen its fair share of news, with the majority being focused towards criticism. Apple once again faced the ire of its fans as it refused to upgrade the display for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The move didn’t come as a surprise, as the rumor mill had made similar indications prior September. It’s the iPhone 8 which has been rumored to feature OLED displays. Apple’s making preparations for a significant device overhaul next year, with a lot of new features. However, we’ve got some troubling news for you today when it comes to displays. Take a look below to find out more.

More Reports Suggest That Only One iPhone 8 Variant Will Feature OLED As Supply Issues Emerge

The iPhone 8 has seen a lot of rumors over the past couple of months. Even though we’ve got a good nine months until the device is launched, the rumors mill has provided a lot of details. For starters, 2017 seems to be the year for edge-to-edge displays. Both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 have seen similar information mentioned. For the iPhone, Apple’s also rumored to launch three variants, rather than the customary two since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Out of these three, only one will make the jump to OLED, according to today’s information. We’ve heard similar claims earlier, and today it’s the Wall Street Journal which corroborates these details. According to the journal, there simply aren’t enough suppliers for Apple to fully equip its smartphone lineup with OLED. Therefore, it’ll be 2018 when the entire iPhone lineup features upgraded display. It will also have provided Apple with ample time to smooth out other upgrades in tandem with organic displays.

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According to the Journal’s sources, Samsung is still the primary small sceen OLED suppler. While Japan Display, LG and Sharp are looking to catch up, Samsung’s lead is definite at the moment. Subsequently, only the Korean tech giant will be able to cater Apple’s orders, and those too at a limited level. The collaboration between Foxconn and Sharp won’t bear fruit until 2018, so there’s still a lot of wait before the iPhone wholeheartedly adopts OLED.

That isn’t to say next year’s lineup won’t feature its unique set of upgrades. We’ve got edge to edge displays, a completely virtual home button, glass build and 10nm processes rumored to be under the works. Apple’s waited long and hard to upgrade the iPhone significantly and the device’s tenth anniversary looks to be the magic moment in the device’s contemporary history. Given that there’s a lot of time till September, more details will surface, hopefully soon. Till then, stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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