Samsung has so far used the curved display as the principle USP for its Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge phones. These phones offer attractive looks and design that are completely different from standard smartphones. With iPhone 7S, Apple may follow suit and may finally bring in an industry-leading display technology.
OLED displays of Apple iPhone 7 to be developed by LG and Samsung
The revelation by Ming-Chi Kuo checks out with existing reports claiming that LG and Samsung are competing to produce OLED displays for future iPhones. Back in December, it was reported by the South Korean Electronics Times that in anticipation of new contracts, LG Display and Samsung Display have reportedly put together $12.8 billion to boost their OLED production capacities over the next couple of years.
According to a report in Nikkei, Apple are looking very seriously at using OLED displays in iPhones from 2018 onwards which is sending Samsung and LG into a frenzy of perfecting the R&D that goes into the displays to eliminate obvious issues with this type of display, primarily to do with it dulling over time.
OLEDs have some really amazing advantages in terms of phone displays like brighter vivid colors and rich and deeper blacks. The drawbacks are that this type of display dims over time and deteriorates. The first time OLED was used in a phone's display was back in 2010 when Samsung used it on its superstar Galaxy range of phones. Its phones have since grown in stature with the display being proclaimed as the best in the industry.
Apple's secret development labs in Taiwan working on thinner, brighter iPhone display
Aside from making some polite enquiries with LG and Samsung, Apple has also opened a development lab in Taiwan whose sole purpose is to create future iPhone displays that will be thinner yet brighter and sharper than the existing ones.
First reported by Bloomberg, the discreet laboratories house a number of engineers who previously worked for firms like AU Optronics and Qualcomm. Apple's presence in Taiwan is no secret though, as Foxconn, the largest contract assembler and manufacturer of Apple's iPhones, is based in the country.
In the past couple of years, smartphone displays have become more powerful in terms of resolution and pixel quality, and the one in Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium defined the transition. The Z5 Premium display features a 4K Triluminous display with a display resolution of 3840 x 2160p and pixel density of an unheard of 806 ppi. It'll let you see photos and videos in high definition that is unmatched by any other smartphone.
Is 4K display too good? Wait, there's 8K too
At CEATEC event in Japan, three new tablet-sized displays with 8K resolution were introduced in October. These were JDI's 17.3" LCD, Ortus' 9.6" LCD and Sharp's 13.3" OLED display. These screens contain more than 33 million pixels- four times as much as in 4K displays and boast a pixel density of 915ppi! In simple terms, these displays have a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320p.
Japan Times reports that 8K will stretch the limits of imagery as far as our eyes can comprehend. It calls 8K as "the ultimate 2D display, as it enables viewers to see moving images without recognizing pixels even on a large screen."
Korean giant Samsung is also set to launch a smartphone with a display resolution of 11K come 2018. The display in question is to be produced in time for the Winter Olympics in 2018 and the South Korean government is pumping in an enormous $26 million towards its development. Once released, the display will feature 2250 pixels per inch, which will be gigantic compared to 577 ppi in the existing Galaxy S6. A leap of technology indeed.