Only ‘special edition’ iPhones may get OLED displays at first

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The next iPhone will have a huge battery.
The OLED could be an iPhone 8 Plus exclusive.
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Most people are pretty darn excited about the possibility of Apple adding an OLED display to the iPhone in the near future, but according to one analyst, the feature is likely to be rolled out slowly — arriving first of all as an “added bonus” for only select higher-end iPhones.

As per Gabelli & Co.’s Hendi Susanto, Apple’s 2017 iPhone refresh — being dubbed the “iPhone 8” in some circles, due to the scale of the refresh that is proposed — could gain OLED displays if Apple is willing to opt for “partial adoption” and incorporate the technology into a “specialized edition” of the 2017 iPhone.

Susanto suggests that Apple will be unable to get hold of sufficient OLED displays to cover both every iPhone it produces, thereby forcing the company to initially adopt the technology as a “limited edition” high end premium if it wants to get the new displays out for next year’s tenth birthday edition iPhone.

The report isn’t clear on whether Apple will do this, or else hold out until later on to introduce the OLED displays across all iPhone models at once, but it wouldn’t necessarily be out of character for Apple to introduce adopt premium features for just one model of iPhone.

For instance, in 2013 the iPhone 6 Plus included an Optical Stabilization Feature that the smaller iPhone 6 model did not. Meanwhile this year, the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to include a dual-camera setup that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will not.

Would you like to see Apple ship an OLED iPhone model sooner, but only as a special feature for one particular iPhone model?

Or do you think this could further fragment the iPhone line in a way that would be bad for people who want a smaller iPhone model, but are still hoping for the superior display? Leave your comments below.

Source: Barrons