Next-Generation iPhone Could Pack OLED Display, Sharp CEO Claims

The switch from LCD to OLED is a major change for Apple, but there are many other rumors about the upcoming iPhone 8, which is supposed to mark a turning point both in terms of design and innovation.

This is of course, not the first time Apple has been said to be looking at OLED display technology for its next iPhone models, and back in September this year, the company was said to be in talks with Sharp for these displays. Nikkei previously reported that Apple was preparing three new iPhone models for next year with only the premium 5.5-inch handset getting a curved OLED display. The newly appointed Sharp CEO Tai Jeng-wu appears to have confirmed rumors that the next-generation iPhone is going to have an OLED display. "The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels", Tai said.

A senior executive at Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp, which supplies smartphone panels to US tech titan Apple, confirmed Saturday that the next generation of iPhone products will adopt advanced organic light-emitting diode screens.

OLED displays are not only battery efficient, but even offers sharper colour contrast and deeper blacks. Sharp only does very limited OLED production now.

The official went on to confirm that Sharp plans to build a new OLED facility in Japan, but that his company could start manufacturing OLED panels in the United States if required. Tai joined the Japanese electronics manufacturer as president and chief executive in August after Foxconn completed the acquisition of Sharp. "If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the USA, is it possible for us not to do so?" the CEO said. "If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the USA, is it possible for us not to do so?" He is a close associate of Terry Gou, chairman of Hon Hai, which is also Apple's principal iPhone assembler.

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