Apple has been one of the only top-tier smartphone brands that have been consistently using LCD displays in its phones. And now, if reports are to be believed, the Cupertino-based company has decided to move forward by incorporating OLED screens in all three of its smartphones that will be launched in 2019.
The only Apple smartphone to feature an OLED display yet is the iPhone X which was launched last year as a special tenth anniversary edition. The regular iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that was launched alongside, featured LCD screens. According to rumors, the company is all set to introduce two OLED models this year alongside a low cost LCD model.
South Korea’s ETNews has reported that Apple has begun planning for next year already, and is all set to launch all three of its models with OLED screens.
“Apple has decided to put OLED in all new iPhone models in 2019,” an unnamed source said. “However, if there are more than three new models, an LCD model may be maintained.”
ETNews predicts that Apple will be having a difficult time procuring LCD displays because the company’s existing LCD panel providers Japan Display is having a difficult time. After this report came out the stocks of Japan Display fell 10 percent. Sharp, another LCD supplier, saw its stocks fall by 4 percent.
Apple’s current supplier of OLED panels for iPhones is Samsung and their ties are set to become stronger in 2019 with a higher demand from Apple. But Apple wants to diversify its sourcing of the OLED displays by bringing LG into the fray, that currently provides OLED panels for Apple Watch.