Just a few days after Japanese website Nikkei reported that Apple will be launching three different screen sizes of the iPhone 8 in 2017, the publication reports that of the three models, the largest and premium 5.5-inch model will make use of a curved OLED display.
The other two variants of the iPhone will continue to use LTPS displays.
The report is based on a statement made by a senior executive at Sharp, which supplies display panels to Apple and was acquired by Foxconn earlier this year. Foxconn is the primary assembler and manufacturer of key components used inside the iPhone.
“The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels,” Tai told students at Tatung University, his alma mater, during a ceremony in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. “We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity,” Tai said.
Tai did not confirm when Apple will switch to OLED displays on the iPhone, but he did confirm that Sharp is working on building its new OLED factory in Japan.
Rumors peg that the iPhone 8 launching next year will feature a glass design with a metallic frame. The redesigned iPhone will be launched to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the handset. The Cupertino company is expected to make use of OLED display panels on its redesigned iPhones, and it has been in talks with various display makers about it. However, the short supply of OLED panels due to yield and quality issues has seemingly put Apple in a fix.