Once again, Taiwanese suppliers have let slip some information about the flagship successor to this year’s iPhone 7 – an iPhone 8 that will ship with Samsung-made AMOLED display panels.
The source states that 60 to 70 million iPhones will be shipped with the AMOLED screens, and will make their way into store shelves and online inventories by the second half of 2017.
Also re-confirmed was the fact that Apple will be releasing three screen sizes for next year’s iPhone (semi-secretly known as “Ferrari”): 4.7-inch (iPhone 7s), 5.5-inch (iPhone 7s Plus) and 5.8-inch (iPhone 8/Ferrari) variants. As we reported earlier, two of them will continue with the TFT-LCD tradition, while the third will ship with the reported AMOLED panels from Samsung.
Of note is the fact that a 5.8-inch screen need not necessarily mean a much larger phone, which iPhone users may not really want. Not many takers for an “iPhablet”, I’m assuming! But with flexible AMOLED panels, it’s possible to have an edge-to-edge display that needn’t require a significant increase in the profile of iPhone 8.
More detailed information was provided by the source:
“Japan-based Nissha Printing will supply touch sensors for use in AMOLED panels and bonding of touch sensors and AMOLED display panels will be undertaken by either Samsung Display or Taiwan-based TPK Holding and General Interface Solution.”
Samsung Display will be the exclusive provider of the panels, and their capacity is currently at 20 million units a month. Production of the panels and work on the bonding will begin in March 2017, and a ramp-up is expected around April or May 2017.
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