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Samsung video explains why the next iPhone is due for a major screen upgrade

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Haven’t you heard? The "iPhone 7" is boring, if that’s what Apple decides to call its new 2016 flagship phone. But if the "iPhone 7" name isn't used until next year, then the new 7 will be very exciting, and it'll sport a radical redesign. Now, a Samsung marketing video perfectly explains why the iPhone is indeed due for a massive upgrade in 2017, at least when it comes to screen performance.

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Chris Smith

July 13th

Apple

Mobile

As expected, Sharp gearing up for large-scale OLED displays following Foxconn acquisition

It had always seemed obvious that Foxconn’s reason for buying display-maker Sharp was to acquire the capacity to make OLED displays for future iPhones – and a supply-chain report today supports this.

Sharp will set up one 4.5G and two 6G AMOLED production lines with monthly capacity of 13,000, 11,500 and 34,500 glass substrates respectively, with total monthly capacity of 9.85 million 5.5-inch equivalent panels.

While the source is Digitimes, this one seems likely to be at least broadly accurate.

Apple currently used OLED displays only in the Apple Watch, still relying on older LCD displays for the iPhone, but numerous reports suggest that the company plans to switch to OLED screens for iPhones at some point in 2017 or 2018.

Image: OLED display under microscope via Reddit


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Ben Lovejoy

April 6th

Apple

Mac

KGI: Apple unlikely to add AMOLED screens to iPhone as Foxconn builds out new LCD factory

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In a research note, reliable supply chain analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is suggesting that Apple is unlikely to bring AMOLED screens to the iPhone for many years to come, through 2018 at least, and almost certainly not coming to the iPhone 7.

OLED iPhones have been a long-running rumor but Apple has remained steadfast with investments in better LCD panels for the most part. Yield for OLED panels continues to be a big issue given the incredible scale Apple requires for iPhone shipments.

Apple started using AMOLED in its product line this year with the Apple Watch, which takes full advantage of the deep blacks OLED screens can create in its user interface, blurring the line between bezel and screen wherever possible. In an interview earlier this year, Jony Ive called the iPhone screen (which cannot reproduce such an effect as LCD contrast levels are not as good) as ‘old’.

Regardless, The KGI note says that Foxconn is investing in a new $4bn LTPS TFT-LCD plant for iPhone screens, a further indication that Apple is not looking to change screen technology anytime soon. The plant is scheduled for mass production in 2018. Although Apple could change course over three years, the current outlook is definitely against AMOLED. Certainly, don’t bet on the iPhone 7 featuring an AMOLED display.


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Benjamin Mayo

November 10th

Apple

Mac

Samsung Made the World’s Best Smartphone Display Even Better

The key element for a great smartphone has always been a truly innovative and top performing display, and the best leading edge smartphones have always flaunted their super high tech displays. It’s the display performance that determines how good and how beautiful everything on the smartphone looks, including camera photos, and also how usable and how readable the screen remains in high ambient lighting. It is the crown jewel of the smartphone.

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Dr. Raymond Soneira - DisplayMate Technologies

August 18th

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How Not to Be Wrong When You’re Talking About Smartphone Displays

How Not to Be Wrong When You're Talking About Smartphone Displays

A lot of amazing engineering and design goes into making your smartphone. And smartphone displays are one of the most important parts — they're your window onto the internet, and the world. But the technical terms we use to describe them can be pretty confusing. Here's how to sound like you know what you're talking about when it comes to displays.

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Darren Orf

January 27th

Mobile

Chinese report claims iWatch to come in three models, sapphire and non-sapphire varieties

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A report from the Economic Daily, which has had better reliability than most Chinese news sites (although should still be treated with relative skepticism), suggests that the iWatch will launch in three distinct models (via GforGames). Rumors of multiple iWatch SKU’s have been circulating for months now, including last month in the Wall Street Journal. Specifically, the report says that there will be one iWatch model with a 1.6 inch display and two different models featuring 1.8 inch panels. According to the report, one of the 1.8 inch models will feature a sapphire display.

Although such a range of products is unusual for new Apple product launches, but some have speculated that it may be necessary due to the fashionability of such a wearable. The report says the products are set to be released in the third quarter. Last week, analyst Ming-Cho Kuo said that the iWatch will enter mass production in November, featuring a flexible AMOLED panel with a sapphire-glass coating.

Interestingly, the report also mentions that the fabled larger-screened iPad Pro is still in development and will be released around the end of the year. Corroborating news about such a device have fallen off in recent months, however, so the reliability of this claim is particularly questionable.


Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: AMOLED, Apple, iPhone, iWatch, Mass production, November, Sapphire, Wall Street Journal

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Benjamin Mayo

July 15th

Apple

Mac

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s sapphire-covered ‘iWatch’ to enter mass production in November

One of many iWatch concepts.

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided relatively accurate information on future Apple product plans in the past (but frequent misses on timing), has issued a new report today indicating that the Apple smart watch will enter mass-production in November. Kuo’s previous estimate on production for the “iWatch” indicated that the device would enter mass-production rounds in September. “We have pushed back our estimated time of iWatch mass production from late-September to mid-/ late- November. We also lower our forecast of iWatch 2014 shipments by 40% to 3mn units,” Kuo wrote in today’s report. The analyst claims the push back is due to more complex hardware and software engineering in this first generation Apple product category.

Kuo also provides some tidbits as to what he is expecting the device to feature:

  • Flexible AMOLED display
  • Sapphire coated display cover
  • Higher waterproof standards
  • New system-on-a-chip components

Both a flexible AMOLED display and sapphire crystal display covers have been rumored in previous reports about the Apple smart watch, waterproofing technology makes sense in light of this being a fitness device that straps to a wrist, and we first reported in January that the iWatch will sport a new system on a chip to pack in numerous sensors that could track health data such as steps taken, calories burned, hydration, and sweat. The device, which will also include advanced mapping functionality per multiple sources, will integrate deeply with the iOS 8 operating system and its HealthKit software. We expect the device to be announced at a keynote address in October and launch by the 2014 holiday season.


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Mark Gurman

July 11th

Apple

Mac

Stolen Samsung AMOLED technology sold to rival, 11 suspects arrested

Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed “local rival firm” in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company’s AMOLED panels. The worker was deeply involved with the development of the technology in question, and he reportedly grew unhappy when he was passed over for an executive position at Samsung. According to authorities, the man unsuccessfully attempted to sell the information to a Chinese display manufacturer at that time. Experts believe that the technology in question will help Samsung take a leadership role in the emerging AMOLED TV market, which could be worth as much as $80 billion.

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Zach Epstein

April 5th

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Stolen Samsung AMOLED technology sold to rival, 11 suspects arrested

Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed “local rival firm” in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company’s AMOLED panels. The worker was deeply involved with the development of the technology in question, and he reportedly grew unhappy when he was passed over for an executive position at Samsung. According to authorities, the man unsuccessfully attempted to sell the information to a Chinese display manufacturer at that time. Experts believe that the technology in question will help Samsung take a leadership role in the emerging AMOLED TV market, which could be worth as much as $80 billion.

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Zach Epstein

April 5th

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Stolen Samsung AMOLED technology sold to rival, 11 suspects arrested

Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed “local rival firm” in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company’s AMOLED panels. The worker was deeply involved with the development of the technology in question, and he reportedly grew unhappy when he was passed over for an executive position at Samsung. According to authorities, the man unsuccessfully attempted to sell the information to a Chinese display manufacturer at that time. Experts believe that the technology in question will help Samsung take a leadership role in the emerging AMOLED TV market, which could be worth as much as $80 billion.

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Zach Epstein

April 5th

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