After sticking to touch-sensitive film for a decade ever since the first iPhone was launched, Apple has decided to make a shift and has partnered with Samsung Displays to mark the endeavor. Apparently, the rumors about iPhones making its effort to a new type of OLED came out earlier this year, although it didn’t materialize.
However, as per a report by ETNews, the Cupertino-based tech juggernaut has finally taken the leap signing Samsung as its exclusive OLED supplier for its upcoming iPhone 12 Pro models including 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones.
2020 iPhone 12 Pro models to get new type of OLED panel
Presently, Apple has been using an OLED panel with a touch-sensitive layer, however, with the Y-OCTA OLED technology from Samsung Displays, it will use on-cell touch sensing technology that reduces the cost of production by lowering the layers needed and makes the display thinner. This will eventually help 2020 iPhones 12 Pro models to be slightly thinner than its predecessors.
Turns out Samsung Displays is the only company that can mass produce Y-OCTA displays on a humongous scale considering the fact that Apple has forecasted selling 100 million units of 2020 iPhones next year. Anyways, Samsung will be the exclusive supplier for this OLED panel for both iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max as it has promised larger yields and other benefits that Apple couldn’t refuse.
Apple is planning to launch at least four iPhones in 2020 including a non-Pro iPhone 12 and iPhone SE 2. Here, iPhone SE 2 will have an LCD panel likely to be made by Apple’s Japanese supplier. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 6.1-inch OLED panel will be distributed among LG Displays and Samsung Displays where the latter has an upper hand in this technology where LG suffers a bit.
This also hints that iPhone 12 (6.1-inch) OLED will not have on-cell touch and Chinese display maker BOE that expressed interest in manufacturing displays for Apple is likely to be kept out of the deal for at least next year. BOE is a popular display maker with plenty of prototypes on foldable and flexible displays including OLED panels and more. It is yet to be seen if BOE works for Apple this coming year or not.
Apart from that, Apple is likely to have a fifth iPhone that will be the only one powered by 5G. You can read about it here.
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