All iPhone models launching in 2019 will get an OLED display, according to a new report.
Apple is expected to finally ditch LCD displays entirely, however, one of three new handsets expected to arrive this September — the most affordable model — could have an improved LCD panel.
Apple adopted OLED displays for the iPhone X last year, and as things stand, this is the only model in its iPhone lineup that doesn’t have an LCD screen. OLED is considered a superior technology, thanks to increased brightness and greater efficiency.
Apple will likely bring OLED displays to all iPhone models eventually. They’re more expensive than LCD displays, which is why its more affordable devices will have to wait longer, but a new report claims that 2019 will be the year of the big OLED switch.
Apple to go all in on OLED in 2019
Korea’s ET News, citing industry sources, claims 2018 will be the last year Apple introduces a flagship handset with an LCD screen.
“Apple recently started planning the iPhone model in 2019 and decided to adopt OLED in all three types,” reads a quote, allegedly from an “official from Apple.” Another source confirmed, “Apple has decided to put all the OLED on the new iPhone model in 2019.”
It is believed that the switch will have a significant impact on LCD screen makers, particularly Japan Display. The likes of LG Display, which have made substantial investments in OLED manufacturing plants, will benefit.
LCD will stick around for 2018
Apple is expected to introduce a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display this fall. The device is likely to be more affordable than the refreshed 5.8-inch iPhone X, and the much-anticipated 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus.
It won’t be quite the same LCD technology Apple has used previously, however. A recent report suggested the company is adopting LG’s new MLCD+ panels used in the new G7 ThinQ, which provide increased brightness and greater color accuracy while using less power.