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

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

Posted November 10, 2015 at 9:36pm by iClarified
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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loltw - 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.
gamerscul9870 - 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
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 :)
gamerscul9870 - November 10, 2015 at 10:52pm
But how much more will it make the device cost?
RWR - November 10, 2015 at 11:21pm
Samsung S3 Amoled screens (4.8 inch 720p) can be purchased by the average eBay user for $50-$70, while the estimated cost for iPhone 6 screens is less than $50 for Apple (costs the consumer about $70-$90 depending on the vendor.) should cost more, but with the technology that apple uses, might cost the same, if not less to produce.
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
tubex45 - November 10, 2015 at 10:12pm
what else is new.apple will get AMOLED when everyone else do. And Johny Ive will make a video making it sound like a new cutting edge technology in phone display.
gamerscul9870 - November 10, 2015 at 10:51pm
what if apple were to do something with it like no others did just like laminated the display. It's cutting edge like you expect if it goes in that direction.
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