Apple’s display suppliers are reportedly pushing it to adopt newer technologies, such as flexible OLED displays, according to a new report published on Wednesday.
OLED screens are deployed by manufacturers such as LG and Samsung, the latter of which has been using them in its smartphones, wearables and tablets for several years now. Samsung’s OLED screens are often viewed as the best on the market, thanks to bright, popping colors and incredible brightness. LG also uses flexible screens in devices such as the G Flex and G Flex 2.
Apple has adopted some of that technology, such as OLED, in its Apple Watch, but has been reluctant to use them in its iPads and iPhones. That may change, if its supply partners get their way.
“It is very likely that the first flexible iPhone may be introduced in 2018, as Apple’s top-tier display suppliers are working on it,” one source told Business Korea. LG was one named OEM that’s reportedly working on convincing Apple to make the switch, and it’s hoping to mass produce its OLED screens by 2017, Business Korea said.
Flexible displays don’t always mean flexible smartphones, however. Instead, they can be used as stronger alternatives to screens that are prone to cracking when flexed. If Apple wants to avoid another BendGate, this could be one way to help it create a more durable device, in addition to using stronger aluminum.