Previous rumors have hinted that since Apple is celebrating 10th anniversary for iPhones this year, the 2017 iPhone will feature an OLED screen. Fresh information coming from Japan has revealed that Apple has placed an order for 70 million OLED panels from Samsung for using them this year.
According to Nikkei, Samsung which will providing 70 million curved OLED panels to Apple will be its only supplier for 2017. David Hseish, the senior director of IHS Market research firm has stated that the South Korean company is prepping up to provide 95 million curved OLED panels to Apple in this year.
The report suggests that Apple would be releasing three iPhones this year. The iPhone 8 is rumored to be a premium smartphone that may sport a curved OLED panel of 5.2 inches. It would be the first time that the Cupertino company would be incorporating a curved display on its iPhone.
According to Hseih, it is likely that the Cupertino company may not release all the 70 million handsets featuring curved OLED display this year as some of these phones may shipped to the customers in 2018 depending on demand. The premium IPhone 8 is speculated to cost be priced over $1,000.
The other two iPhones that are rumored to launch as iPhone 7S and IPhone 7S Plus would be packed with LCD panels. As far as screen sizes are concerned, they will continue to feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. According to KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, all the iPhones releasing in 2018 will be featuring OLED screens.
Due to the growing popularity of iPhones, Industry experts believe that this year Apple may achieve record breaking sales this year. Yuanta Investing Consulting analyst Jeff Pu has predicted that the Cupertino company would be selling 100 million iPhones in 2017 and it will be selling at least 55 million iPhones with OLED panels.
The three iPhones that are speculated to release this year are expected to support wireless charging. Also, these iPhones will be also coming with dust and water resistance chassis. Apple is also to rumored to introduce advanced facial recognition through a 3D sensor. This will feature is speculated to be exclusively available on iPhone 8. Also, the iPhone 8 may not have a physical Home button whereas the other two models are expected to feature it.