Apple is expected to release its next generation iPhones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus this year. Apple will presumably launch these devices by September, if they stick to their usual schedule. While we await the arrival of the next generation iPhones, we are being treated to a fresh report on the iPhone Apple would be releasing in 2018. Dubbed as the ‘iPhone 9’, the smartphone has currently been rumored to feature OLED displays but with bigger screen sizes than the current iPhones in the market.
The speculation stems from a report by The Investor that points out Samsung signing a deal with Apple to supply OLED panels for the iPhone 9 due to launch next year. The iPhone 8 is highly speculated to feature OLED displays, which Samsung would be supplying. The report further states that Samsung is supplying 80 million OLED displays for the iPhone 8 this year, and the shipment is expected to double to 180 million units for the iPhone 9.
The report further said that both Apple and Samsung have signed a non-disclosure agreement which includes the screen sizes for the iPhone 9. The iPhone 9 is said to come in two size variants of 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch. If this report is true indeed, then the iPhone 9 series would feature the biggest displays so far. The current iPhone 7 measures 4.7-inch, while the bigger iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch display. The conclusion cannot be drawn as yet, since the rumored iPhone 8 is expected to feature a display sized between 5.7-inch to 5.8-inch.
Other than the OLED display sizes, no other element has been decided according to the report. Remaining specifications and features like screen design and functions are said to be still under development. In accordance with the supply of OLED displays, Samsung is said to be working on a dedicated OLED production facility in Asan, South Chungcheong Province exclusively for Apple’s iPhones. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 final look leaked, the smartphone stays true to rumors
Contradicting this report, it was earlier said that Apple is working on micro-LED displays which would be used on the Apple Watch and the iPhone 9 as well. Business Korea reported that Apple would start mass producing micro-LED displays by the end of 2017, making it ready for the production of the iPhone 9 in 2018. It’s obviously too early to determine the possible scenarios for the iPhone 9, since some factors on the iPhone 8 are also still dicey like the embedding the Touch ID sensor underneath the display. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 price to start at Rs 56,400 approximately: Analyst
Cowen and Company’s Timothy Arcuri had claimed that yields of this display-integrated fingerprint sensor are low and Apple may change the design if it continues the same way. Until Apple officially releases any bit of information, we cannot say for certain what will arrive with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 9. ALSO READ: From iPhone 8 to Siri Speaker: Here’s everything Apple is rumored to launch in 2017