Apple has already started drawing out plans for its 2019 iPhones and if latest reports are to go by, the company will be presenting us with an exciting range of iPhone lineup next year. As per a latest report, the Cupertino giant is working on integrating a technology into at least one of its 2019 iPhones which will make the device thinner and lighter. Apple is planning to do this by using touch-integrated flexible OLED panels, current screens on iPhones consist of a separate touch layer which is placed on top of the display. The new screen technology will allow Apple iPhones to become thinner and lighter.
“Along with working on the touch-integrated OLED panels, Apple is also reportedly working on creating custom modem chipsets”
Apple has reportedly struck a deal with Samsung for touch-integrated flexible OLED panels supply for next year iPhones. These new OLED display panels will be integrated in at least one of the 2019 iPhones, claimed to be called the iPhone 11. These new panels will help Apple in making the new model thinner and lighter than the current generation iPhones. Samsung will initially be able to produce these new touch-integrated flexible OLED panels in limited quantities, which is why only one variant will see the new display.
ETNews reports that a Apple in March this year, to propose the supply of these new panels. The report states that the two companies have now agreed upon a deal to supply the new touch-integrated flexible OLED panels for one of the models of the iPhone launching next year.
Samsung Display’s Proprietary Technology
The screen technology to be used by Apple, named Y-Octa, will be created by Samsung. According to a report by ETNews, “Samsung Display will supply touch-integrated flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels to Apple’s iPhone. It is a Samsung OLED called ‘Y-OCTA’. It’s the first time Apple has applied touch-integrated displays to the iPhone.
According to industry sources today, Apple decided to apply touch-integrated flexible OLED panels to the new iPhone and commissioned the development and manufacturing from Samsung Display. Samsung Display recently entered into partnerships with related companies to develop parts and materials to make the displays.”
The technology will most likely be used in 2019 iPhone, however, it might only be exclusive to the highest-end variant for the time being. The screen might be integrated in all phones launching after that, as the technology is cheaper than the separate layer screens. Samsung reportedly started talks with Apple to bring in this technology early this year. The South Korean giant has been Apple’s OLED display provider for iPhone X and this year’s iPhone XS, XS Max.
In other news, The Information has reported that Apple is planning to build its own custom cellular modem. According to a job listing by the Cupertino giant, it is evident that the company is trying to get people on board for its cellular modem project. As per the report, “Apple has provided the clearest evidence yet that it is working on one of the most complicated and expensive hardware ingredients in its devices: a cellular modem. In a job listing posted a week ago, which hasn’t previously been reported, the company said it is looking for a cellular modem systems architect to work in its San Diego office.”
The report also states that the modem will take around three years to debut in an iPhone or other Apple devices. Apple making its own modems will result in easier integration with its other devices like the MacBook. This new development comes amidst Apple’ legal battle with Qualcomm, which used to be its modem chip supplier before their fallout. It was also reported that Apple was trying to poach employees from Qualcomm for its new project.
Apple’s 2019 Phones May Sport These Displays
Apple’s iPhones are not new to the OLED display panels from Samsung. The iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max released this year are fitted with OLED panels Apple sourced exclusively from Samsung. It is only now that the other Korean giant LG has begun making OLED panels for Apple. But with the new touch-integrated OLED display panels, Samsung will virtually hold a monopoly in the field. It already holds a mighty 97%+ share of the OLED display market.
But from the perspective of Apple, if it succeeds in fitting the new touch-integrated OLED displays on the next set of iPhones, it could kill several birds with one stone. It can cut down on the phones’ thickness and weight and the overall savings effected in the costs can be passed on to the customers. It can possibly negate the criticism aimed at it that its iPhones are very highly priced.
Apple’s efforts to reduce Samsung dependence for display supply have been ongoing since last year. While Samsung has been the exclusive supplier for OLED panels for the iPhone X ₹ 74,999, iPhone XS ₹ 93,099, and iPhone XS Max ₹ 102,400, LG is said to start producing OLED panels for iPhone XS Max from this month. In any case, Samsung now has these exclusive touch-integrated panels that it will supply for at least one of the iPhone models next year.