First, on Sunday, Bloomberg reported the iPhone maker was designing and producing device displays using a secret California manufacturing facility. The goal: to eventually design screens in-house.
As Bloomberg explains:
The technology giant is making a significant investment in the development of next-generation MicroLED screens, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. MicroLED screens use different light-emitting compounds than the current OLED displays and promise to make future gadgets slimmer, brighter and less power-hungry.
For 2018, Apple will continue to rely on others to produce iPhone displays — and a lot of them.
According to DigiTimes, Apple’s securing between 250 million and 270 million iPhone flat-panel units in 2018. As a comparison, Apple sold 216.8 million iPhones in 2017 and 231.2 million in 2015, which was a record. In other words, Apple’s plans on selling a lot of iPhones before the end of the year.
Apple’s purchases of OLED panels in 2018 will reach 110-130 million units, including 70-80 million 5.9-inch units for the current iPhone X and an upgraded version of the same size. The remaining will be 40-50 million 6.5-inch OLED panels for the production of a less expensive model, said the sources.
Apple will also take up a total of 60-70 million 6.1-inch all-screen LTPS panels for another new iPhone model to be released in fall 2018, as well as 60-70 million LTPS panels in 4-, 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes for the production of iPhone 8 devices, iPhone SE and iPhone 7, indicated the sources.
It will be interesting to see where things go from here. Still, it’s clear big changes are coming — just not this year.
The 2018 iPhone lineup should be announced in September alongside new Apple Watches.
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