The iPhone assembly line is already giving us clues as to what we might see next year on Apple terminals. One of the changes we seem to have will be reflected in the iPhone’s screen, a thinner screen that will reduce the final thickness and weight of the iPhone . To achieve this a new technology will be used on the OLED panels.
According to ETNews, Apple will switch to using Samsung’s Y-Octa technology on iPhone OLED panels. This is basically an OLED panel that integrates the touch-sensitive layer with the OLED directly. Currently the iPhone OLED panels have one layer for detecting touch and another layer for the LEDs.
The technology is proprietary to Samsung Display, Apple’s partner in the manufacture of the iPhone. After all, Samsung Display is Apple’s primary supplier of the displays for today’s iPhones. According to industry sources, Apple will be using this type of panel on the iPhone for the first time.
The report indicates that the technology is ready to be used in 2019, but that there will be difficulties in meeting Apple’s demand . This is happening almost every year with the manufacture of the iPhone. The demand for units is so high on the part of Apple that it is physically impossible to manufacture components faster in such quantities. We may see this new OELD panel only on Apple’s top-of-the-line models.
What are the consequences of this? That new technologies are gradually adopted . The clearest example is the OLED itself on the iPhone. First it came to a single model of three releases (iPhone X but not iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus), the following year to two models of three releases (iPhone XS and iPhone XS but not iPhone XR). Apple has always relied heavily on the production capacity of its partners.
The direct result of using this new panel seems obvious: less thickness on the iPhone and lighter . However, it is doubtful whether this new technology that integrates the touch panel also implies sacrificing other things. For example, the 3D Touch. A technology that depends directly on the type of screen used, Apple uses a layer with a specific pressure sensor to detect when pressure is applied.
Will it still be available if the OLED panel used is modified? It is difficult to know what will happen to the 3D Touch based only on a rumor about the upcoming OLED panels. However, it has all the makings of following the path of the iPhone XR, where haptic response has replaced 3D Touch. One less piece of hardware replaced by software that apparently achieves the same result .