Sharp Corporation President Jeng-wu Tai has let the cat out of the bag with the type of display the iPhone 8 with have when it is released near the end of 2017.
Tai, who is also on the board of Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn, gave a speech at Tatung University recently where he let slip the information.
“[The iPhone] is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels,” he said. “We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.”
Apple sales have declined for the first time in more than a decade as its competitors have soared. Even a glitch with Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s battery issue hasn’t aided sales for the Cupertino-based company. Some are citing the lack of innovation in the latest iPhone 7 as being one reason for the slump. Samsung’s two latest handsets already use the technology, which suggests Apple reputation as an innovator has also taken a hit along with the sales downturn.
OLED screens have the flexibility to allow manufacturers to create curved screens, or even foldable. The most practical application and OLED screen offers users is a sharper colour contrast compared to the traditional LTPS screens.
Apple itself has yet to comment on the disclosure.