Apple’s suppliers have reportedly started working for iPhone’s switch to an OLED screen

You might have heard rumors of OLED screens being featured in Apple iPhone 2017, for those who haven’t – the Cupertino company is planning to make a shift to high-resolution OLED screen in the iPhone expected to be released in 2017, however note that the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wont be included in this shift. This must also be mentioned that 2017 is year of Apple’s 10th anniversary.

These speculations are further confirmed by statements by three of Apple suppliers (LG, Samsung and Sharp) that they have allocated considerable resources on technology used in manufacturing of OLED screens. In addition to that manufactures parts used in these screen, Applied Materials, has seen an increase of orders up to four times. Sources are claiming that Apple’s suppliers are being this massive order. Applied Materials’ yearly sales were amounting to about $180 million, however they have recently ordered about $700 million  dollar machinery which will take more than 9 months to set up. This further confirms the reports that OLED screens will be featured in 2017 rather than this year’s flagships.

“Some tooling or machinery orders now set up suppliers for the fall of 2017. It sets up the iPhone in the fall of 2017 to be more of an impactful upgrade than the fall of this year.”-Gene Munster, analyst, Piper Jaffray

Let’s have a look at the OLED screen technology. These screens are free from dependency on backlight which are a necessary part of LCD screens. This leads to availability of larger free space, which could then be utilized in reducing the thickness of handsets or increasing the size of battery. This must also be mentioned that OLED screens utilize considerably less power than LCD screens.

In case you might have forgotten, Apple iPhone 6s sports 4.7-inch LCD panel with 720 x 1334 resolution and 326ppi pixel density. On the other hand the Apple iPhone 6s Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution and 401ppi pixel density. Considering that OLED screen is a matter of 2017, this years’ iPhones might not see much of an upgrade.

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