A senior executive of Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp which supplies smartphone panels to Apple has officially confirmed that the next generation of Apple iPhones, the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 family, will come with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens.
Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu reportedly reportedly told students at Tatung University, “The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panel." He further added, "We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity,.”
For all those who are unaware, Sharp's parent company Hon Hai Precision otherwise known as Foxconn manufactures Apple handsets.
Apple has to think of new ways to increase its sales which has seen a decline for the first time since 2001 in a year to September due to decreasing demand of its once-popular devices.
OLEDs are better than the current LTPS displays which Apple uses on its smartphones as they offer sharper colour contrast, more flexibility to manufacturers to create curved or foldable displays. Sharp which currently supplies LTPS panels for Apple has very limited OLED production capability.
Talking about this Tai said, “We are now building a new [OLED] facility in Japan. We can make [OLED panels] in the US too. If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the US, is it possible for us not to do so?”
However, as per reports from KGI’s securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known as the best Apple analyst, Apple is planning an entire makeover for its smartphones with an all-glass enclosure instead aluminium chassis which will further be enhanced by curved OLED display.