Citing local media reports, Focus Taiwan claims that Apple is planning to invest in display supplier AU Optronics to allow it to supply AMOLED panels for future iPhones.
The report also states that AUO has been working on developing AMOLED panels for more than a decade now and has built a rich patent portfolio that encompasses technology used in AMOLED panels. The company already supplies AMOLED panels to the likes of Huawei and TCL.
Reports have claimed that Apple will start using an AMOLED panel on the iPhone that will be launched in either 2018 or the year after that. To supply AMOLED panels, Apple is reportedly already in talks with Samsung Display — the current leader in AMOLED panel technology, LG Display and JDI. The Apple Watch is the only product in Apple’s portfolio that uses an AMOLED display, which is supplied by LG.
A report from last month also claimed that Apple was working on a new display technology at a secret laboratory in Taiwan.
At this point, it is all but clear that Apple will be switching to an OLED display in a future version of the iPhone. Compared to the LTPS based LCD displays being used on the iPhones currently, AMOLED displays offer better viewing angles, deeper contrast levels, and are more power efficient in certain cases. However, AMOLED panels are known to have burn-in issues after a year or two of regular usage, which might not go down well with iPhone customers. Thus, it makes sense for Apple to lay a great deal of importance on its AMOLED suppliers and the technology being used on the display.
[Via Focus Taiwan]