However, Chinese news site Nikkei claims that it is now looking to make the switch sooner than expected. In the past Apple has been said to be interested in Samsung’s flexible OLEDs, however the accelerated timeline may mean that they are putting a hold on any ideas of an iPhone with a curved display.
According to a recent report, Apple will introduced OLED displays to its iPhone range in 2017, so this would include the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
There have been multiple reports of Apple wanting to pair the new display tech with a redesigned iPhone, however, if Apple is ahead of its schedule this may not happen. The company refused to confirm or deny the story when it was first broken in December 2015.
This new 2017 goal does seem realistic and possible because of the way Apple refreshes its iPhones every other year. OLED displays can be bent, allowing new shapes for screens, like you find on the Galaxy S7 edge. It is still unclear whether all iPhones already will have an OLED screen next year.
Rumours of Apple getting an OLED screen upgrade have been floating around with a release from 2018, but it looks like that’s not the case. We also know that Samsung has been dropped as the chipset manufacturer for the next iPhone, with the task instead being entrusted to Taiwanese company TSMC.
The reason Apple is so interested in moving up the timeline is believed to be in order to combat the stall in overall iPhone sales that many analysts are predicting. On top of that OLED can display better blacks and richer colours than LCD. Accordingly, it will become the largest flexible OLED production base of Samsung Display. However, according to Apple Insider report, the tight deadline for 2017 may hurt these plans. The revelation has prompted much discussion, understandably, and it’s thought that as Apple already has Samsung produce its processor hardware it may be seeking to limit the number of components it buys from one of its main rivals.