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Japan Display Reportedly Securing OLED Panels For iPhone 8

Ali Salman
Posted Dec 7, 2015
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Apple could be planning to make bigger changes in the iPhone lineup in the coming years. The company has been using LCD display panels in its iPhones for quite a long while. However, a new report by Nikkan suggests that the Cupertino-based company and Japan Display are preparing OLED panels for the iPhone 8. The Japan Display is in its early stages of converting its Ishikawa-based factory into a test production line. The purpose behind this is to win OLED display orders from Apple in the near future.

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At the October end, a report suggested that Apple would convert to OLED displays manufactured by Samsung for the forthcoming iPhone. As more reports funneled into the rumor mill, Apple was unlikely to begin using OLED panels until 2018. Last month, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities reported that Apple will not begin using OLED panels for the next three years at least. Japan Display is actively focused on producing OLED displays for Apple’s iPhone 8.

Currently, JDI has been one of the largest LCD display supplier of Apple. However, the company lacks behind Samsung and LG when it comes to OLED display production. In that regard, JDI has to diversify itself by beginning OLED production. Apple’s decision to adopt OLED panels in its iPhone lineup will cause JDI to suffer while Samsung might flourish. LG might also win a fairly significant share of Apple’s OLED orders.

Although it still enjoys large LCD panel orders from Apple, preparing for future orders would be a wise step. Obviously JDI would need to adopt necessary transitions in OLED testing production lines with an intent to have mass production ready for the iPhone 8 in 2018.

Apple has used OLED displays in the Apple Watch, this indicates that the company is not afraid to use it in its future products. It remains to be seen if Apple is actually planning on adopting OLED displays in the future. JDI’s LCD business could face significant damage if it does not secure OLED orders from Apple.  If these rumors turn out to be true, the iPhone 8 could come as the company’s first iPhone with an OLED display. Interestingly, today’s report mentions 2018 as the year Apple could convert to OLED displays from LCD.

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This is it for now, folks. Would you guys prefer an iPhone equipped with an OLED panel? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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