Speculation is already building around next year’s iPhone 7, but a new report may hint at the future of Apple’s smartphones that are still several years out. According to The Korea Times, Samsung and LG are already hoping to convince Apple to switch from LCD to OLED displays by 2018.
Both companies produce OLED technology, which stands for organic light-emitting diodes, and include it in their own devices. However, with Android phones sales beginning to slow down both South Korean firms may be looking for a new source of income. Samsung may even have an early head start over LG.
“Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized OLED displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018,” an anonymous industry executive told The Korea Times.
The Galaxy-maker is apparently also looking to Chinese phone-makers who may be interested in buying OLED displays. However, scoring a deal with Apple could be the surest way to boost profits.
Convincing Cupertino to switch from LCD to OLED won’t be easy. LCD panels are the cheaper option, which means more profits for Apple. Then again, OLED does have some advantages, especially the flexible version that Samsung and LG have been producing more recently.
If Apple ends up switching over to OLED it could mean the first flexible or curved-screen iPhone, though we probably won’t see anything announced until at least 2018.