A new rumor fuels the iPhone OLED hopes, but is it legit?
For years there have been rumors that Apple might adopt OLED for its iPhone line, like Samsung and others. A week ago a report said that Apple is finally switching to OLED in 2017. Other reports though predict the first iPhone with OLED screen in 2018. Either the iPhone 7S or the iPhone 8 will be featuring an OLED accordingly.
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A new report says that Apple is not only adopting OLED, but also increase the screen size of the largest iPhone to 5.8-inches. This is .3-inch bigger than the current iPhone 6S Plus.
The report about the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone stems from Digitimes. This would be not unusual, the outlet is often reporting about rumors from the Asian supply chain with mixed reliability. What is interesting is that this is a pre-publication Digitimes report cited by Fool.com. The question is if a Digitimes report that is not even on their site is more reliable or less trustworthy.
The report managed to get a lot of attention, with some speculating that the 5.8-inch screen size is not increasing the size of the iPhone. The 5.8-inch OLED screen would wrap around the edges similar to the Galaxy S7 edge.
The rumors about the switch to OLED as display technology for the iPhone is so far only doing one thing: It is adds to the fear that the iPhone 7 is not revolutionary, but just evolutionary. Several rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 is rather similar to the iPhone 6S. A leaked iPhone 7 case seems to confirm that.
The timing of the OLED adoption appears to mess up Apple's tick-tock release strategy of the iPhone. This might be though a good thing. A new major iPhone release every year could help keep the iPhone attractive and on a growth path. The iPhone is the most important Apple product. A dramatic slowdown iPhone sales would be the end of the Apple success story.