Japan Display to start mass production of OLED displays by 2018, just in time for the iPhone 8

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Japan Display today announced that it will start the mass production of OLED displays within the next two years. Japan Display, also popularly known as JDI, is a joint venture between Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi that currently supplies LCD display panels to a wide range of smartphone makers currently.

JDI biggest shareholder, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, is also reportedly in talks to invest in Sharp Display and merge its business with Japan Display.

“We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens,” Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display’s research center, told reporters on Friday.

Rumors about Apple planning to use OLED displays in iPhones beginning from 2018 have been making their way to the Internet for the last month or two now.¬†Rumors also indicate that Apple is looking at multiple suppliers instead of solely relying on Samsung — the current leader of OLED display technology — for all its needs, though the last rumor claimed that Apple is on the verge of signing an agreement with the Korean company to supply OLED panels to it in 2018.

OLED display technology has improved tremendously over the last few years. Not only are OLED displays more power efficient now, they also offer better color accuracy, higher brightness levels, and better saturation and contrast levels.

[Via The Verge]

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