Samsung OLED Panels Could Be In 2017 iPhones


Samsung OLED panels could be showing up on Apple iPhones starting next year, if a rumored $2.6 billion dollar deal holds true. According to the Korean Herald and reported by 9to5 Mac, Samsung and Apple have struck up a multi-billion dollar deal for 100 million Samsung OLED panels starting in 2017. Rumors have been swirling that Apple would be making a switch to OLED displays but there were no confirmed dates for the switch. The Korean Herald reports that the deal is for 100 million 5.5″ Samsung OLED panels, no other sizes were mentioned which may mean Apple will upgrade only the Plus version of the iPhone with these displays. So the 4.7″ iPhone and the iPhone SE are likely going to remain IPS unless Apple is making another deal somewhere else.

Under the deal, Samsung Display will supply around 100 million units of 5.5-inch panels annually, with the value being estimated at 3 trillion won ($2.59 billion). Samsung Display, an affiliate of Samsung Electronics Co., declined to confirm the deal, citing its privacy policy.

Apple has chosen to stick with IPS displays for a long time, even as competitors have switched to OLED or AMOLED. Of course Apple doesn’t give much reason other than they believed that IPS was a better option for their device at the time. If the rumor holds true, I’m certain the company will market its new Samsung OLED displays as something new and fresh. A lot can be said about Apple, both for the good and the bad, one thing most can agree on is their ability to market their products.

What do you think of Apple’s deal with Samsung for 100 million OLED displays? What do you prefer in a mobile screen? IPS? OLED? AMOLED? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.

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