A DigiTimes report claims that Apple plans on launching three new iPhones with OLED displays in 2020. The company will be increasing the screen sizes for two new iPhones, with one iPhone coming with a smaller 5.42-inch display.
As per the report, the smallest iPhone will feature a 5.42-inch display, with the other two iPhones coming with a 6.06-inch and 6.67-inch display size. The report is based on information received from Taiwan’s supply chain.
For the 5.42-inch iPhone due to be unveiled in 2020, Apple will use either Samsung’s Y-Octa or LG’s TOE touch technology. This will not only reduce the prices of the OLED panel but also make them thinner.
Despite LG Display’s best efforts, Samsung Display will remain the primary OLED panel supplier for Apple in 2020. It is yet unconfirmed if LG Display or BOE will get around to supplying the Cupertino company with OLED panels in 2020.
For 2019, Apple will continue to stick to the same formula as 2018. This means two iPhones featuring an OLED display with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch display size and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. The sources also estimate that Apple is expected to ship around 80-82 million iPhones in H1 2019, with the total iPhone shipments for the year expected to be around 180-190 million units.
DigiTimes does have a patchy record when it comes to iPhone rumors so it is better to take this one with a pinch of salt as well. However, we have now been hearing for quite some time that Apple intends to switch entirely to OLED panels for its 2020 iPhone lineup. If Samsung is able to fulfill Apple’s demand and the latter is able to secure a good deal on OLED panels, there’s a high probability of all three 2020 iPhones coming with an OLED display.
It will be interesting to see how Apple increases the screen size on 2020 iPhones without increasing the overall dimensions by a notable margin and how the smaller 5.42-inch OLED iPhone fits into its lineup.