There s quite a bit of buzz around the upcoming iPhones, especially the iPhone 8 that is expected to be radically different. The anniversary edition is expected to come with a different design, and new features like OLED display. But seems like Apple s decision to use OLED panels will be doing some harm to the industry in general. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 could get 50MP main rear camera sensor, not 108MPAlso Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
According to a report on Digitimes, Apple and Samsung will be procuring the bulk of OLED panels being manufactured this year. Apple, for example, is set to get about 75 million OLED panels this year for the iPhone 8, which is about 15 percent of the total annual OLED production output. Samsung Electronics, on the other hand, is expected to get about 56 percent of OLED panels produced. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 5G India launch nearing as support page goes live
In other words, the rest of the smartphone manufacturers planning on adding OLED displays on their smartphones will struggle to get enough panels. Chinese companies like OPPO and Vivo reportedly have an agreement in place to secure 13 percent and 10 percent of OLED output respectively this year. This means, someone like a Huawei will only get a very small portion of panels until production is ramped up next year.
A recent report all but confirmed that the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display, with slight curves a la Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. These curved displays are also likely to help Apple make sleeker iPhones. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, on the other hand, are expected to continue using LCD panels. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to be bigger draw for consumers than Samsung Galaxy S8: Analyst
Besides the curved display, a Nikkei report states that iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch display will have a viewable area of 5.2-inches. The new design won t really add any new functionalities, but the expanded touch area is likely to help in improved gesture recognition along the edges.
Speaking of radical changes, Apple is widely believed to be focusing on Augmented Reality for the upcoming iPhone 8. A WSJ report hints at Apple s focus via its report on part suppliers that are likely to benefit from the launch of the new iPhones. Companies mentioned in the report include the likes of Lumentum, STM Microelectronics among others, which make 3D sensors a phone would require if it were to boast AR capabilities.