iPhone Not Likely to Get AMOLED Display in the Near Future [Report]

iPhone Not Likely to Get AMOLED Display in the Near Future [Report]

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is unlikely to use AMOLED displays for its next generation iPhones in the near future. Kuo feels that the company will likely equip its flagship device with TFT-LCD display technology for at least the next three years, and possibly beyond.

Apple supplier Foxconn is said to be investing in advanced TFT-LCD production lines in China for mass production in 2018, suggesting that Apple is planning to use this type of display well into the future.

Based on recent comments by Minebea, one of the main iPhone backlight unit suppliers, we believe AMOLED will not penetrate iPhone for the next three years. Moreover, Hon Hai is preparing to invest in Gen-6 LTPS TFT-LCD production lines in Zhengzhou, China for mass production in 2018, suggesting the iPhone line will likely stick with TFT-LCD technology in 2018 and thereafter. […]

Minebea, major BLU supplier of iPhone, stated to investors on November 5 that it does not foresee risk of TFT-LCD share loss to AMOLED in high-end smartphone market in next three years & guides growth in TFT-LCD going forward. As Apple and Samsung are the only two brands that currently offer premium smartphones, we think Minebea’s statements imply it does not expect iPhone to adopt AMOLED in the coming three years, given that Samsung’s models are already being equipped with it.


Despite equipping the Apple Watch with an AMOLED display, Apple has always used LCD for the iPhone. There have been some rumors that it was testing OLED panels; however, Kuo believes that there is "sufficient evidence indicating otherwise."

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iPhone Not Likely to Get AMOLED Display in the Near Future [Report]
loltwat - November 18, 2015 at 5:19am
apple is still trying to come up with a different name to not call it AMOLED/etc. Just like the 3D Touch or simply Right Click thingy, heck even calling Stylus(general term) into pencil.
Loltwit - November 18, 2015 at 5:31am
Force touch is more than shortcuts that are unlike right click features on computer which don't compare just like their pencil compared to stylus. There's a reason they work differently than what you think it is, heck even from that perspective is enough to tell what they will do to their own displays other than being amoled unless it's not a change at all, until then good luck proving yourself.
Ya ya - November 11, 2015 at 5:45pm
Well the main drawback is that they are harder to brake whitch is not good for apple repair busines :)
Alex - November 10, 2015 at 10:23pm
AMOLED still has many drawbacks like the way it suffers on direct sunlight. Maybe in the future. Apple is wise to wait
Mattt - November 10, 2015 at 10:13pm
So stupid, especially with their "new" 3D Touch, if you push too hard, the screen flexes and that doesn't look as nice as the phone should, also, with AMOLED, or just OLED, they will save so much more battery and can make their own pulse notifications like Active Display. Then when people drop their phones and break the AMOLED , rather than just the glass, they'll be forced to 1) buy another phone, 2)file an insurance claim, 3) get their phone repaired.
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