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This tattoo-like display is made possible by a new ultra-thin protective ‘E-skin’

F1.large It sounds like something out of Star Trek: a patch thinner than a band-aid that you slap on your arm and, within moments, it lights up with heart rate, blood sugar, and so on — then peels off a few days later. That’s the goal of work by researchers at the University of Tokyo. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 15th

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Report: Apple reaches $2.6 billion agreement for Samsung to supply OLED panels starting in 2017

According to a new report from the Korean Herald, Samsung and Apple have reached a deal in which Samsung will supply around 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017. The report comes as several other sources have stated that Apple plans to make the switch to OLED panels beginning next year.

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Chance Miller

April 15th

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Report: Apple reaches $2.6 billion agreement for Samsung to supply OLED panels starting in 2017

According to a new report from the Korean Herald, Samsung and Apple have reached a deal in which Samsung will supply around 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017. The report comes as several other sources have stated that Apple plans to make the switch to OLED panels beginning next year.

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Chance Miller

April 15th

Apple

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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

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Sketchy report again positions Samsung as lead supplier for OLED iPhone screens rumored for 2017/18

With conflicting reports about whether Apple will be switching to OLED screens in 2017, 2018 or 2019, a sketchy report from ET News cites production volumes as evidence that Samsung is being positioned as Apple’s lead supplier. The same source first suggested this back in January.

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Ben Lovejoy

March 21st

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Digitimes: Apple planning 5.8-inch OLED iPhone for 2017/2018

Following a report last week that said Apple is looking to release an OLED iPhone sometime in 2017, Digitimes today reports that the company is planning a 5.8-inch OLED device (via The Motley Fool). While the report should be taken with a grain of salt considering the source, it claims that Apple is pushing to release the larger device sometime in 2018, or perhaps even earlier in 2017, which lines up with last week’s report.

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Chance Miller

March 8th

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The major iPhone tech upgrade we’ve been waiting for may come sooner than we thought

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Apple may be planning to incorporate OLED displays onto the iPhone a lot sooner than previously anticipated. According to a report from Nikkei, Apple in December reached out to both LG and Samsung about the likelihood of ramping up OLED display production in time for Apple's 2017 iPhone release.

Previously, it was largely believed that Apple wouldn't begin using OLED technology until the iPhone 8 release in 2018. As for the change to the iPhone roadmap, one of the more interesting explanations behind the switch alleges that Apple is hoping to  "offset a predicted stall in iPhone sales..."

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Yoni Heisler

March 3rd

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The major iPhone tech upgrade we’ve been waiting for may come sooner than we thought

iPhone 7s

Apple may be planning to incorporate OLED displays onto the iPhone a lot sooner than previously anticipated. According to a report from Nikkei, Apple in December reached out to both LG and Samsung about the likelihood of ramping up OLED display production in time for Apple's 2017 iPhone release.

Previously, it was largely believed that Apple wouldn't begin using OLED technology until the iPhone 8 release in 2018. As for the change to the iPhone roadmap, one of the more interesting explanations behind the switch alleges that Apple is hoping to  "offset a predicted stall in iPhone sales..."

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Yoni Heisler

March 3rd

Apple

Mobile

This flexible smartphone display might be the future of mobile computing

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Researchers from the Queen's University Human Media Lab recently unveiled the ReFlex, a smartphone prototype featuring a flexible and surprisingly functional display. By combining a bendable LG OLED display from LG with both multitouch input and bend sensors, the device is able to detect the degree to which a user bends the device in either one or two directions. Not only that, but the device can trigger tactile feedback based on specific use-case scenarios.

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Yoni Heisler

February 17th

Mobile

Poll: Should future iPhones offer always-on or Watch-style motion-activated displays?

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No, it’s not as dumb a question as it seems. While keeping the full iPhone display on full-time would quickly drain the battery, there are ways of keeping a partial display on all the time to display time and notification alerts – and LG has today confirmed that its upcoming G5 flagship handset will do just that.

LG hasn’t explained the technology, but the graphic it teased on Facebook shows a mono display, which raises a couple of possibilities that perhaps the iPhone could consider …

The first possibility is an e-ink display on the back of the handset. This is the approach that Yota took with its phones: white on black in the first generation, black on white in the YotaPhone 2. Yota’s solution isn’t ideal when most people use cases, but LG’s graphic shows a relatively small display – something that could be accommodated by a cut-out in the back of cases.

The second possibility is to use a low-power mode on an OLED display. An OLED uses no power to display black pixels, so devoting a small area to a low-light mono display when the phone is not in active use could be a viable approach.

It’s long been rumored that Apple plans to switch from its existing IPS LCD displays to OLED, and while these have come to nothing so far, the company is said to be close to agreement with suppliers. The smart money, however, is on Apple not making the switch until 2018, so we shouldn’t expect OLED on the iPhone 7.

Apple could also use a similar approach to the Watch, which switches on the display when you turn your wrist to face you. It could leave the screen totally off when the light sensor indicates that it’s in a pocket or bag, but when the light sensor says it’s in front of you, any motion could immediately light up the mono display of clock and notifications. If you just wanted to check the time, or see whether you’ve missed any notifications, simply picking up the phone or nudging it on your desk would do the job.

Would an always-on or motion-activated time-and-notification display be a good move for future iPhones? Take our poll, and share your thoughts in the comments.


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Ben Lovejoy

February 10th

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