Apple (AAPL) Secures OLED Strength For Ultra-Premium iPhone 8

A majority of the world’s OLED supply will be secured by Apple and Samsung this year. The week saw news of this take center stage with the help of popular tech sources like Digitimes. Apple Inc. famously holds much of the high-end tech market. The company possesses a particular stronghold with it premium smartphones. Together with Samsung, a leading rival from Korea, the two companies sit at the forefront of the consumer electronics.

The gadget space is seeing a dramatic increase in demand for high-resolution displays. The producers of OLED panels have accordingly spread themselves thin, though the makers of the iPhone and Galaxy series will reportedly hold the bulk of their produce this year. Moving forward, analysts forecast a heated race to secure greater influences among OLED suppliers.

Both Apple and Samsung have zeroed in on OLED for their next generations of handsets. Having held onto to LCD for as long as it could, the iPhone maker has come relatively late to the OLED scene. But this year will mark an entire decade of iPhone production. Investors and consumers alike are eager for glimpses of the next decade of iPhone products. This highlights Apple Inc.’s increased bid in the OLED market; the highly rumored iPhone 8.

A major switch in display tech is said to be on the cards for Apple. Rumors have closely tethered the transition to the company’s 2017 handset. One of the talking point that lead the iPhone 8 discussion is the introduction of OLED screen tech.

Apple will gather around 75 million panels of OLED from Samsung this year. The panels are widely considered to be for the inconing iPhone 8. Other sources have called it the iPhone X with the roman numeral highlighting the gadget series’ ten year production. Whatever Apple decides to call it, expert predict the company will release the device as a special edition handset in addition to the iPhone 7S and 7S plus. The two conventional upgrades will sport LCD displays once again, with a particular focus on software upgrades.

Analysts claim that OLED screens will feature on most of the company’s devices from this year. Even the incoming iPads, thought to arrive in the coming weeks, could sport OLED displays. The display tech may be seen on the iPhone, the iPad, as well as the MacBook. Even the next Apple Watch is expected to get an OLED upgrade.

The tech firm’s adoption of OLED technology is pushes much of the excitement for Apple’s next iPhone. Apple has long been bashed for not making the most of its screen tech. The company’s defenders tend to point out that OLED comes with its own set of drawbacks like heavy costs, which would translate to higher costs for the buyer. But Tim Cook and his company have been working on their own screen innovations for some time now. Thought to be ready to go, the firm could be making the switch to OLED as soon as March 2017.

OLED Screens

OLED has seen a huge rate of adoption among handset producers, especially those who make premium smartphones. The likes of Apple believe it comes with its fair share of drawbacks as well. However, the tech’s superiority over LCD and normal LED goes without contest. OLED offers better viewing angles and enhanced, truer images. Dark shades gain added depth while a noticeable vividness is given to brighter colors. The screens are more durable, too. The flexibility of OLED makes them less likely to scratch and crack upon impact. The display tech also offers quicker response times, making them ideal for premium handsets.

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The reasoning behind OLED’s mass adoption is not hard to see. Despite this, Apple Inc. has remained an OLED skeptic for years. It is more costly than LCD or LED and has a shorter practical lifetime. These attributes are obvious deterrents to any phone maker seeking to cut costs while pushing out truly resilient smartphones.

No where to go with LCD

Apple Inc. has shied away from OLED long enough. The company now risks falling behind the premium smartphone market while popular rivals make headway with the technology. In the face of reduced iPhone sales and a desperate need to bump them up again, analysts are certain that Tim Cook and his firm would be shouting themselves in the foot if they do not take up the screens this time around.

“We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit,” Tai Jeng-wu reports. He is currently the president at Sharp and believes “if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.”

The U.S, tech major has no where else to push LCD. It is old generation tech that features on a revered product, but even iPhone fanatics won’t be so faithful if Apple continues to hold onto to LCD while rivals make use of more exciting displays.

“Apple really needs to put OLED displays into their next model iPhones in order to stay at the leading edge of smartphone innovation,”reports Raymond Soneira. The man is a top analyst at DisplayMate Technologies. “Apple has taken the iPhone LCD display as far as it can go.”

Iris Scanner

It is reported that the iPhone 8 will feature an iris scanner as well as facial recognition. Not much has been said about how these two qualities will be put to use. Although fans of the iPhone can probably expect them to form part of the iPhone 8’s security features. Though apple is unlikely to trash its TouchID feature, an iris scanner would be a step up from traditional fingerprint readers.

Long-range wireless charging

Apple Inc. is reported to be working tirelessly at making long-range wireless charging a reality. We aren’t told a great deal of how far users can be from their chargers for this to work, but a reasonable distance can be expected for the iPhone 8. Apple could be the company that ends constant worry about battery drainage if the next iPhone can wirelessly tethered to a charger over a reasonable distance. Users shouldn’t expect much but 2017 is reported to be the year this the technology gets put to use on the iPhone.

Glass casing

Apple Inc. hasn’t taken a swing at a glass-chassised handset since the iPhone 4S. In 2017, Tim Cook and co. are rumored to be bringing a little class back to glass. The company is said to be sure that it can put an innovative switch of the old and make a slimmer and sleeker handset. Those who are worried about the fragility and weight of the device should not fret too much either. With innovations like Gorrila Glass and lighter screen tech, the glass iPhone could be a lot more durable than you might think and no where near as heavy.

We can expect a lot more iPhone 8 talk to crop up as we edge closer to Fall. It should however be noted that much of this could prove to be no more than rumor. Readers should approach any sort of unofficial iPhone 8 talk with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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