According to a new report published by Wall Street Journal, the Japanese LCD panel manufacturer, Japan Display, is preparing new panels for the iPhone in the coming years. It seems that Japan Display has found new manufacturing processes for the mass production of flexible LCD panels. Apple is considering the use of these panels for the 2018 iPhone launch.
This is quite curious, because although this year’s iPhone is expected to have a curved but OLED panel. The development of the flexible LCD panels from Japan Display could bring much more curved and flexible screens . But in any case, this is just a guess of what is expected for the next iPhone.
According to the managers of Japan Display, smartphone manufacturers have agreed to adopt this flexible LCD technology in the coming years. However, the company also hopes to adopt these flexible panels to other applications: laptops, cars…
According to Shuji Aruga, director of operations at Japan Display :
Currently Apple and Huawei are the main customers of Japan Display . So it would not be strange that in part these flexible LCDs are intended for the iPhone or a new Apple Watch. At least that’s what WSJ claims.
But wasn’t Apple going to throw away the OLED, leaving the LCD behind? Yes, in principle that’s the idea, because the color and quality is much higher on an OLED panel but it has its drawbacks . the first drawback of all is the inability to meet the demand. Currently, if all the Apple suppliers get together to manufacture the OLERD panels for an iPhone, they would not be able to meet the demand. On the other hand, OLEd is more difficult to manufacture and more expensive and suffers from performance problems later on.