It’s been more than 10 years since the first iPhone was released to the public. Apple has been improving its iPhone lineup since release, adding tons of new things while revamping the existing ones. This year, Apple announced three new iPhone models at its annual September event, one of which includes the iPhone XR. The XR is a cheaper iPhone, but it still comes with some of the premium features like the A12 Bionic chip, TrueDepth front-facing camera, and Face ID. The biggest absence is a dual-camera setup. Apple first integrated a dual camera setup into its iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple’s move was met with mostly positive reviews on the market.
One of the biggest additions to the Apple lineup lies in an OLED display. In reality, smartphones with OLED display panels are not new as we have seen many of them out there. In 2017, Apple marked its first shift to flexible display panels with the release of the X. The adoption of the OLED display allows for a much-improved picture quality and more details, but Apple was struggling to manufacture OLED panels. Samsung Display is now supplying Apple with hundreds of millions of OLED units every year. Last year, the South Korean firm and Apple reached an agreement that would see it provide up to 90 million units. However, Samsung Display struggled to meet the huge demand for the X, which forced Apple to push back the release to November 2017.
According to the latest reports, Samsung Display will continue to supply Apple with OLED units for future iPhones. Reports also claim that the OLED panels are thinner and lighter than the panels used for the current iPhone lineup. This adds up to previous rumors that Samsung has been working on a new OLED technology for smartphones. Samsung is now the biggest OLED manufacturer out there with more than 90 percent market share. However, Apple has been looking for more OLED suppliers to reduce its dependence on Samsung. Sources say that LG display will be joining Apple’s supply chain. This makes sense as LG Display is now supplying Apple with OLED panels for Apple Watch.
In reality, rumors regarding the 2019 iPhone lineup have been out there for months. Some reports claim that next year’s iPhone will feature an under-display fingerprint scanner at launch, but there will be no major design change.
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