The Wall Street Journal reports today the news that the first iPhone with curved display should actually be unveiled next year.
The model of “decades” iPhone 8 will anyway carefully selected among the standards currently in development inside of Apple’s labs, which according to the latest rumors, should even be more than 10 .
The version with curved glass should still be the most likely to be placed on the market, considering inter alia the ‘ increased production of OLED to recent high resolution required by the Cupertino panels its suppliers.
The OLED smartphone with curved glass may be joined by one or more cheaper alternative models, considering the fact that the high cost of manufacturing of the panels is likely to rise further as the price.
The iPhone’s tenth anniversary is called to reverse the not particularly positive trend of the last period sales as well as to deal with the offer of the main competitors, some of which, for some time, has already experienced the transition from LED panels to those OLED, definitely more expensive but also lighter and higher performance.
The market for OLED panels is expected to exceed that of the LCD display in 2018, reaching a business worth EUR 18.6 billion dollars compared to 10.6 billion today. The market leader is Samsung Display which, with investments of $ 10 billion in a single year, sees its competitors – LG Display all – still far. Moreover, other important realities as Japan Display and Sharp are facing a transition period in which the production of OLED panels on a large scale does not seem to be at the scheduled time.
Apple would therefore formally requested Samsung to kick off the production of the panels, with the hope of involving in the process also LG, Japan Display and Sharp so as to have a diversification of suppliers able to face at the same potential high demand for components.
remain valid doubts about the real effectiveness of the OLED panel, whose functionality may be questioned due to poor compatibility with some internal components – including the touch sensor – that could harm their flexibility.
Therefore Japan Display has recently started the production of a new generation of LCD panels that, instead of glass, using thin films that guarantee – according to the manufacturer – maximum flexibility and a significant improvement in image quality.