By: Nirupam Manik, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Friday, January 20, 2017 - 20:13
All the OLED panels ordered by Apple from Samsung Display are of Plastic and not glass indicating the possibility of curved display on the next iPhone.
After recent confusion regarding Apple going for iPhone 7s instead of iPhone 8, the rumours about the latter has made a comeback with the latest one being regarding the OLED display. As per the report from Korea Herald (South Korea's biggest English newspaper, all the OLED displays Apple ordered from Samsung are of plastic OLED only.
The newspaper stated - "The OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED - not glass - from Samsung Display. Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple."
If you are not aware, plastic OLED displays are generally used for creating curved displays, the most famous example being the Galaxy S7 Edge. We don't really know whether Apple is planning to go for a Dual-curved OLED display or a Quad-curved (curved on all sides) display. Either way, Apple will not be the first one as Huawei under its sub-brand Honor, just launched Honor Magic which comes with all sided curved AMOLED display.
This is in contrary to the earlier reports where Sharp was rumoured to make the OLED displays for the next iPhone. For those who are not aware, OLED displays are said to be sharper, more vibrant and pleasing to the human eye and a lot of handset manufacturers such as HTC, LG and especially Samsung have been introducing OLED displays in their smartphones. Samsung is known to include Super AMOLED displays on almost all of its mid-range to flagship devices. Interestingly, Apple too introduced OLED displays in its Apple Watch last year. Further, it is rumoured that only the 5.5-inch variant is expected to come with OLED panel.
However, there is some disadvantages which comes along with plastic OLED display i.e. its vulnerability to scratches and other trace marks but is very sturdy when it comes to durability. Whereas, glass OLED panels though easy to shatter are highly scratch resistant. It will be interesting to see, how Apple deals with this dilemma.
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