iPhone 5 to switch to OLED?

Rumour has it that Apple will be looking to Samsung for OLED displays on the next iPhone
Darren Allan

April 4, 2012
iPhone 4S

With the release of the third-generation iPad now out of the way, we can settle down to the next item on the Apple rumour mill agenda, the upcoming iPhone 5 (as it’s likely to be called).

We’ve already heard that Apple may well finally take the plunge and increase the screen size with the next iPhone, given that Android super-phones are tipping the scales at close to 5 inches, leaving Apple’s smartphone looking rather conservative at 3.5 inches.

However, it would seem that not only might the size of the screen be changing, but also the nature of the display, from LCD to OLED (as also seen on many high-end Android phones).

This is the latest piece of speculation to emerge from the Korea Times (via the Christian Post), which claims that Apple is set to be making the switch to OLED in the near future – for the iPad, as well as the iPhone.

Apparently Samsung, one of Apple’s main suppliers when it comes to displays, has already been ramping up its OLED production, perhaps in anticipation of the switch.

An anonymous Samsung exec told the Korean paper: “Thanks to the increased volume, chances have been raised to ship Samsung’s OLEDs for Apple’s iPads and even iPhones.”

How likely is this rumour to be true? We’d pitch this at a middling level – we’re not exactly convinced, but admit it could certainly be the case. After all, when it comes to the next iPhone, consumers will be looking for bigger changes than were made with the iPhone 4S.

Past rumours have insisted that the iPhone 5 will feature a 4.6 inch retina display, NFC, a quad-core processor (to keep up with the Androids), and it will also allegedly boast a Liquipel water-repellent coating.

While previously it was thought that the iPhone 5 would come out this autumn, the latest whispers are indicating a June release. Sticking to the autumn launch slot (a year on from the 4S) would make more sense to us, however.


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