Apple’s iPhone 8 is the first smartphone by the Cupertino-based iPhone maker that is rumored to have an OLED display. However, OLED screens have been used by other smartphone making giants for quite a while. Samsung, the Korea-based smartphone company, has been the most popular smartphone maker to use OLED displays in its top devices.
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But as we have noted and even seen before, the iPhone is still the best phone across the world when it comes to setting new smartphone device trends. A new report appears to further reinforce that notion as it looks like “the iPhone rumors were sufficient to convince some Apple rivals (in the world, not just the U.S.) to increase their OLED supply.”
Some of China-based competitors of the Silicon Valley giant are worried that the iPhone maker will steal all the available OLED display, according to sources of Digitimes. The sources added that because of their fear, the rival companies have rushed to secure production capacity for mid and small sized OLED panels. The sources expect the bulk OLED demand to cause shortages in the supply of OLED panels.
This year, the smartphone maker is going to be the main OLED supplier of the tech giant, according to reports but even the tech giant would not be able to meet the demand of the Cupertino-based smartphone maker in the future.
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The iPhone maker is rumored to release three new iPhones this year, including the two iPhone 7s versions that will have an LCD screen and the iPhone 8 that will come with an OLED display. The same sources, which asked to remain anonymous, said that LCD display demand will remain tight in 2017 as display size of the mainstream smartphone models is moving to 5.5/5.7-inch screens from 5-inch screens.
In addition to this, the report noted that other key components could face shortages in 2017, aside for displays, including optical sensing devices and memory products. The reason for this is similar: the strong demand from Chinese smartphone making companies.
Also, in another news today, one analyst was reported saying that facial and gesture recognition could be one of the many flagship features of the new iPhone 8 that is expected to come in 2017 (by September). According to Business Insider, Cowen’s Timothy Arcuri thinks that the next flagship phone of the Cupertino-based iPhone maker will get a front-facing sensor that will be used for these features.