By this time of the championship, the rumors about the 2019 iPhones are basically closed: we know that we will have three models replacing the current XR, XS and XS Max. flagships They will be equipped with OLED screens, while the first will come with an LCD panel, just as it happens today. If you thought the chain of speculation had already ended, however, you can take the little horse out of the rain.
The South Korean Website The elec said today, citing sources close to Apple's supply chain, that Ma will make a change in OLED panels used to equip your most expensive iPhones. With that, the 2019 smartphone screens will be even closer to those that equip recent devices from Samsung, like the Galaxy S10 and the newly announced Note10.
As I well know, Samsung is the exclusive provider of OLED panels for Apple (so far), but not every OLED display created in the same way. Apple, for example, determines a specific set of materials to make up its screens that is, the company does its own research on the component and passes the desired specifications to Samsung, which assembles the panels as requested by Ma.
All OLED screens used by Ma to date have this specific set of materials, which is different from that used by Samsung. While iPhones X, XS, and Max have panels of material codenamed “LT2”, Samsung smartphones have screens of a material known as “M9”. That is, even though they are all under the same umbrella as OLED technology, there are differences between brands.
This is exactly what will change from 2019: according to the report of the The elec, this year's iPhones will now use OLED displays of such “M9” material, becoming virtually identical to Samsung's handset panels.
No one knows exactly what motivated the supposed change, but it is possible that Apple has simply convinced itself that the materials adopted by Samsung meet its quality standard. It may also be that, with the recent reimbursement demanded by South Korea, Apple has chosen to stick with its competitor's standard materials to save money, but those are just assumptions, of course.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the screens of future iPhones will not necessarily be visually identical to those of the S10 or Note10. This is because, although the manufacturing process is the same, each company has its own calibration process for the component, and the operating systems themselves can handle the screens and how to project images differently. Still intriguing, isn't it?