Everyone has been watching closely as more rumors for future iPhone models come out. There have been rumors that the phones may be smaller, that they may not have the "Home" button or headphone jack, and people have even speculated as to what the iPhone will look like. But now it looks like the iPhone's new screen is what everyone is talking about.
Rumors are that Apple will be changing over to an OLED display screen for upcoming iPhone models. This new screen won't be included in the iPhone 7, but could be incorporated into new models as early as the iPhone8. Thus far, all we know is that Apple is in the process of finalizing a deal with LG and Samsung, forming a partnership for the supply of these displays.
According to the details, these three companies will invest more than $12.8 billion to bolster the manufacturing process of these OLED screens. Production is estimated to begin in 2018.
Interest in OLED screens is likely due to the fact that they are thinner than standard LED options, and can produce crisper colors. This makes them ideal for creating an enhanced user experience, while allowing the manufacturers to continue producing thinner phone models.
But, there are also some significant drawbacks to OLED technology. The first is that these screens are more costly to manufacture, which means consumers may wind up absorbing that cost in the final sales price of the cellphone. Additionally, OLED screens have been shown to lose color saturation over time, which could leave consumers with a screen that looks dull.
These shortcomings aren't worth worrying about just yet. Especially since this significant investment from Samsung, LG and Apple could be just what's needed to finally work out the bugs. It's hoped that these issues will be resolved before the new screens are incorporated into future iPhones.