Next-generation iPhones, read iPhone 8, could feature an organic LED (OLED) display as reports indicate that Apple and Sharp are holding talks over the matter.
Apple has been thinking of incorporating OLED into its iPhones for quite sometime now and while it is still working on the whole idea, one key thing is to get the supply side of the OLED display diversified so as to ensure that its risk is minimised as compared to sticking with just one company.
If Sharp wants to win the deal to supply OLED displays to Apple, it would need to ramp up its production. The reports of Apple and Sharp being in talks comes just days after it was announced by Sharp that it will be investing JPY 57.4 billion ($566 million) for the development of OLED production facilities, with the goal of starting output by June 2018. The funds will be used for equipment in Sharp’s factories in Mie and Osaka, and to deliver sample products to customers, the company said in a statement.
Ongoing discussions with Apple for the OLED displays could have been one of the reasons why Sharp has announced the investment as it would have got at least an informal nod from the iPhone maker about a possible deal. The initial deal will most likely be for iPhone (iPhone 8?) displays and not iPads, Bloomberg revealed in its report.
One of the strong points of OLED displays are its ability to deliver vivid images while being less straining for the battery. This is definitely something that iPhones would want – an enhanced display as well as a longer lasting battery that will continue to give iPhones (iPhone 8?) an edge over other smartphones.
Neither Sharp nor Apple have commented on this particular piece of news.