Since last year, we have been hearing about the possible release of three models of iPhones for this year: two with OLED display (5.8 and 6.5 inches) and another 6.1 inch with LCD screen. The latter would be the cheapest option as it adopts a technology used for many years and with several suppliers in the market.
This rumor has not even materialized and we already have another one, referring to 2019: according to korean Electronic Times (Google Translate), Apple completely gets rid of the model with LCD screen next year by launching three with OLED screens.
"Apple recently started planning the iPhone model in 2019 and decided to adopt OLED on all three models," said an Apple employee.
The rumor is not so strange if we look at the fact that at some point Ma will abandon the older technology and focus on the best and newest. However, as the company has, for now, only one OLED display supplier to Samsung Display and it is already difficult to keep up with the demand of one model, it will be very difficult to handle a triple demand (with three models) in a period of only one year. .
However, as this path seems obvious, other supplier (s) may be preparing for this exchange. As "proof" of this, it was reported last year that LG Display and Sharp are already in line to acquire machines that make OLED screens. Ma, knowing this, may already be anticipating.
Currently, Apple's LCD display vendors are Japan Display and Sharp. According to the Reuters, only because of this rumor today, JDI's shares were 20%, and Bloomberg also reported that Sharp's had 4%.
Apparently, JDI also plans to start manufacturing OLED screens, but not until 2019. We do not yet know where the rumor of a new type of LCD, Full Active (supposedly on par with OLED technology). ), that JDI is supposed to be focusing for this year and, as a type of investment, for the following years.
In addition to all this history of three models with OLED, the Korean website also states that "if there are more than three new models, an LCD model can be maintained." I mean an iPhone SE? Or another? Will we see four models in 2019? It's all a mystery now and we will only really know the truth when the gadgets are announced or when more rumors arise, which is certainly not missing until next year.