This year, we saw the announcement of the first iPhone with a screen OLED. Some say that, due to this choice, the stock of the iPhone X will be smaller than expected at launch, since the cost is higher and the manufacture of this type of screen, more complicated.
Regarding the future, there are conflicting rumors: on the one hand, that we will see next year three models with OLED screens; at the other end, the information is that we will continue with the good old LCD (from Japan Display) on one of the 2018 models. But what if the two rumors are correct?
According to Wall Street Journal, Apple would rather be interested in continuing to use Japan Display LCDs next year, but with the advantages of sharper contrast and brighter colors from OLED technology.
“But how?”, You must be asking yourself. The Japanese manufacturer announced a new LCD technology, which it called Full Active. It allows the device to reproduce the same (or better) results than an OLED and, even better, at a lower price. Therefore, Apple would be interested in using the technology on at least some of the iPhones that will be presented next year, according to a source in the newspaper.
In addition to the quality of brightness and contrast that an OLED screen offers, its frame measures 1mm, which allows it to be easily folded – unlike normal LCD screens. Now, the same can be done with a Full Active LCD, as its frame measures only 0.5mm. In fact, the Mi Mix 2, which has a curved screen, already uses the new technology – according to the person in charge of JDI’s mobile unit, Kazutaka Nagaoka.
Last month, Japan Display said that Full Active screens will represent about 70% of its smartphone screen business in 2019. Employees of it also said that interest in LCD Full Active came directly from Apple, which is why display manufacturer foresees rapid acceptance for the technology.
According to rumors, Apple would have already ordered LCDs for a 6-inch screen, so if this is indeed confirmed, we may see this new technology on the screens of the devices that will be presented next year – or at least one of them.