Hit and miss speculation publication DigiTimes is back again with a claim pertaining to Apple’s future plans for the iPhone. We’ve already heard a number of speculative stories in the past that have suggested that Apple will make the move across to using OLED displays in future iPhone models. While KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that move could be as far away as 2019, this latest report is hinting that Apple could possibly launch a larger 5.8-inch iPhone model with OLED display as soon as 2017 or 2018.
This latest rumor relying to Apple’s preferred future screen technology not only adds further fuel to the OLED fire, but it also introduces the idea that Apple is ready to go larger again, by introducing a 5.8-inch iPhone option that would dwarf the current iPhone 6s Plus model, which sits at 5.5-inches.
The source also reiterates previous belief that Apple would employ the manufacturing services of Samsung, LG, and Japan Display to provide the company with enough panels to confidently produce the kind of numbers of iPhones that they desire. This initial partnership would apparently see Apple using Samsung as the main supplier of OLED panels, before steadily allowing LG and Japan Display to filter into the process further down the line. The real question at this point isn’t “if” Apple will move to OLED technology, but more “when” it will happen.
Apple is expected to officially announce its March 21st media event in very near future. That event is expected to see the introduction of the iPhone SE, which will be a 4-inch device that offers the same aesthetics as the iPhone 5s but with internal specs of iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to follow on later in the year, marking the official public introduction of iOS 10, and if these rumors turn out to be true, then that device could potentially be the last major iPhone update to ship with a LCD panel built-in.
To us, it seems unlikely that Apple will be in position to make the move across to 5.8-inch OLED display as early as the iPhone 7s, maybe they will with iPhone 8? Stranger things have happened though so you never know it might just happen.