At this point in the championship, rumors about the 2019 iPhones are basically closed: we know that we will have three models replacing the current XR, XS and XS Max – the flagships will be equipped with OLED screens, while the first will come with an LCD panel, just as it happens today. If you thought that the chain of speculation had already ended, however, you can take the horse out of the rain.
The South Korean website The Elec said today, citing sources close to Apple’s supply chain, that Apple will make a change in OLED panels used to equip your most expensive iPhones. With that, the screens of the smartphones of 2019 will be even closer to those that equip the recent devices of Samsung, like the Galaxy S10 and the recently announced Note10.
I explain: as is well known, Samsung is the exclusive supplier of OLED panels to Apple (so far), but not every OLED display is created the same way. Apple, for example, determines a specific set of materials to compose its screens – that is, the company does its own research on the component and passes the desired specifications to Samsung, which assembles the panels the way Apple asks.
All OLED screens used by Apple until today have this specific set of materials, which is different from that used by Samsung. While the X, XS and Max iPhones have panels of a material codenamed «LT2», Samsung smartphones have screens from a material known as «M9». That is, even though they are all under the same umbrella of OLED technology, there are differences between brands.
And that is exactly what will change from 2019: according to the report of the The Elec, this year’s iPhones will use OLED screens made of such material “M9”, becoming virtually identical to the panels of Samsung devices.
Nobody knows exactly what motivated the supposed change, but it is possible that Apple simply became convinced that the materials adopted by Samsung respect its quality standard. It may also be that, with the reimbursement recently demanded by the South Korean, Apple chose to stick with the competitor’s standard materials to save some money – but those are only guesses, 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. That’s because, even though 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 in different ways. Still… intriguing, isn’t it?