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New Apple patent details futuristic wrap-around OLED display

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AppleInsider points us to a recently published U.S. patent application from Apple which suggests that Apple may at some point in the future consider a wrap-around OLED display for the iPhone. The patent covers an item called an “electronic device with a wrapped display” and explains how a flexible OLED display "or other flexible display structure may be wrapped around" a device.

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Yoni Heisler

January 21st

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Report: Samsung to be Apple’s primary OLED display supplier as it invests up to $7.5B in readiness

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Korea’s ET News claims that Samsung will become Apple’s primary supplier of OLED display panels, stating that an agreement has “practically been decided.” Samsung is reportedly gearing-up for the contract with an initial investment of between $2.49B and $3.32B in plant and equipment, rising to $7.47B depending on order levels.

Apple currently uses OLED displays in the Watch. Rumors that it will switch to OLED for the iPhone have been doing the rounds for many years, but have been getting much more specific of late. The switch is said to be happening in 2018, with Apple recently reported to be ‘close to agreement‘ with suppliers. The most recent report named both Samsung and LG as likely suppliers …

KGI last year said that Apple would not be switching to OLED screens in the iPhone before 2018, key supplier Foxconn having recently invested $4B in a new LCD plant for iPhone screens. However, Jony Ive is clearly a fan of OLED, saying that LCD screens feel “very, very old.”

OLED displays are thinner, display more vivid colors and allow deeper blacks than LCD, and can also be more power-efficient – but only where the majority of the content displayed is black, as is the case for the Apple Watch. On the downside, manufacturing costs are higher, displays don’t last as long and they aren’t as bright as LCD displays. The benefits of OLED over LCD tie in neatly with display technologies Apple is said to be testing in a secret Taiwanese lab.

It should be noted that ET News is not always a reliable source of news, tending to talk-up Korean companies, but as both companies reportedly in the running here are Korean, this report may have greater credibility.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Inc, Apple watch, iPhone, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, lcd, Liquid crystal display, OLED

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Ben Lovejoy

January 14th

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Mac

Report: Samsung to be Apple’s primary OLED display supplier as it invests up to $7.5B in readiness

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Korea’s ET News claims that Samsung will become Apple’s primary supplier of OLED display panels, stating that an agreement has “practically been decided.” Samsung is reportedly gearing-up for the contract with an initial investment of between $2.49B and $3.32B in plant and equipment, rising to $7.47B depending on order levels.

Apple currently uses OLED displays in the Watch. Rumors that it will switch to OLED for the iPhone have been doing the rounds for many years, but have been getting much more specific of late. The switch is said to be happening in 2018, with Apple recently reported to be ‘close to agreement‘ with suppliers. The most recent report named both Samsung and LG as likely suppliers …

KGI last year said that Apple would not be switching to OLED screens in the iPhone before 2018, key supplier Foxconn having recently invested $4B in a new LCD plant for iPhone screens. However, Jony Ive is clearly a fan of OLED, saying that LCD screens feel “very, very old.”

OLED displays are thinner, display more vivid colors and allow deeper blacks than LCD, and can also be more power-efficient – but only where the majority of the content displayed is black, as is the case for the Apple Watch. On the downside, manufacturing costs are higher, displays don’t last as long and they aren’t as bright as LCD displays. The benefits of OLED over LCD tie in neatly with display technologies Apple is said to be testing in a secret Taiwanese lab.

It should be noted that ET News is not always a reliable source of news, tending to talk-up Korean companies, but as both companies reportedly in the running here are Korean, this report may have greater credibility.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple Inc, Apple watch, iPhone, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, lcd, Liquid crystal display, OLED

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Ben Lovejoy

January 14th

Apple

Mac

Go Sell Your Kidneys, Dell Has a 4K 30-Inch OLED Display

2016 might be the year of VR headsets and all, but some people still enjoy looking at regular screens. And the 30-inch, pro-level 4K OLED display Dell just announced looks like one hell of an upgrade.

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Chris Mills

January 6th

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LG’s New 4K OLED TVs Are Just Four Credit Cards Thick

That silly scifi dream of invisible screens that magically display graphics is inching towards reality. Thanks to LG, the world can now lust after a television that looks like it’s nothing more than a pane of translucent glass—and a very thin pane of glass at that.

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Adam Clark Estes

January 5th

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The rumors of iPhones with OLED screens gather pace: Apple said to be ‘close to agreement’ with suppliers

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Rumors that Apple will be switching from IPS LCD to OLED displays for future iPhones have been doing the rounds for many years – though the latest one reported by Reuters does get a little more specific than most.

LG and Samsung Display are close to a final agreement with Apple for the screens, the Electronic Times report said, adding the two Korean firms plan a combined 15 trillion won ($12.8 billion) in capital expenditure to build up OLED production capacity over the next two to three years.

It was claimed last month that Apple plans to start using OLED screens for iPhones starting in 2018, supporting an earlier report that Apple would be sticking with LCD for the iPhone 7.

There are pros and cons to the competing display technologies …

OLED displays can be thinner than the LCD technology used in current iPhone screens, and allow far deeper blacks – a feature Apple puts to good use in the Apple Watch, where it’s virtually impossible to tell where the display ends and the bezel begins. Jony Ive is a fan for this reason.

OLED is also more power-efficient than LCD where the majority of the content is black, as it is with the Apple Watch, but this would not deliver much benefit in an iPhone unless Apple used a black theme for a future version of iOS.

Finally, OLED also allows more vivid colors, though this can be a mixed blessing, making photos appear over-saturated.

On the downside, OLED has higher manufacturing costs, displays have a shorter lifespan and don’t match the brightness of LCD. Back in 2013, Tim Cook cited both brightness and color accuracy as drawbacks of OLED screens.

Samsung is said to be likely to get the bigger slice of the pie than LG, with Apple reportedly planning to provide both companies with funding to help with setup costs.


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Ben Lovejoy

December 30th

Apple

Mac

Apple’s Reportedly Opened a Secret Lab to Develop New Screen Tech

Apple has opened a secretive laboratory in Taiwan to develop new LCD and OLED screen technologies for its devices, according to a report by Bloomberg.

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Jamie Condliffe

December 15th

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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

Two Years After Killing Plasma TVs, Panasonic Wades Into 4K OLED

Today, Panasonic tentatively waded into the world of 4K OLED TVs with a new 65-inch set, following the successes of LG and Samsung with the relatively new display technology.

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Mario Aguilar

September 2nd

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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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