If you’ve been waiting for Apple to make an iPhone with a flexible OLED display, you may be getting your wish — although not for at least a few more years. According to a new report coming out of South Korea, Apple is “very likely” to release its first iPhone with a flexible OLED display in 2018, and the company’s display suppliers are currently “working on it.”
Does this mean we’re about seeing bendgate part two?
The idea that Apple might make an OLED smartphone to rival the models Samsung and LG have been showing off since 2013 isn’t too unrealistic, particularly since the company started using OLED displays for the Apple Watch.
According to a report earlier this year, Foxconn’s new $2.6 billion factory dedicated to building displays exclusively for Apple will supply OLED panels for future iPhones and wearables, along with (instead of?) the LCD displays used in previous iPhones. Apple’s top display supplier, LG Display, also plans to shift one of its LCD lines in its Gumi factory into an OLED line with a view to mass-producing OLED displays in 2017.
Apple certainly has plenty of patents filed for curved or even foldable iPhones — showing that this is an idea the company’s not exactly averse to exploring. One patent published in January described a flexible iPhone which could be deformed or even folded without damaging the internal components.
As per today’s report, Apple’s primary interest in OLED displays relates to the displays’ ability to solve current LCD “weak points” such as color saturation, accuracy, and brightness.