The transition to OLED displays in the iPhone 8 will cost Apple $50 million

In 2017 will see the release of the first iPhone equipped with a OLED display. The sources said that this year, Samsung Display would become the exclusive supplier of OLED panels for Apple. But in the future she may have to split the order with other manufacturers. In particular, the production of screens of OLED for iPhone can join the Japanese Sharp, controlling stake in which belongs to Foxconn.

According to the forecast of research company Cowen & Co, cost, Apple OLED displays in the iPhone 8 will exceed $50 million. the fact that the production of such panels is more expensive compared to their LCD counterparts. However, the profit of the “Apple” giant will not suffer too much. It should also be noted that over time the cost of components is falling, and the profit from sales of iPhone is increasing every quarter.

Analysts have pointed out that high costs should be recouped a large supply of smartphones in the future.

According to reports, the iPhone 8 will get a 5.8-inch curved OLED display in the entire front panel, and the Touch ID scanner, proximity sensors, lighting, and others will be integrated directly into the screen. Superior display panel will only be used in one modification of the flagship because of the impossibility of so much mass production.

iPhone 8, according to rumors, will be released this year along with the iPhone 7s iPhone 7s Plus. However, he will not only get an OLED display instead of LCD, but the steel body instead of aluminum. Like the design Apple has used in iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. Moreover, the frame will also be not made from anodized aluminum and stainless steel.

It is noted that steel at 30-50% cheaper than anodized aluminum. Savings on the case material the money will probably go to OLED displays, which are more expensive than the currently used LCD panels.

As for the iPhone 7s iPhone 7s Plus, they will inherit from their predecessors, the LCD screens of the same size and will be clad in aluminum body with anodized finish. Their main feature should be the processor Apple A11, the production of which was entrusted to Taiwanese TSMC.

Clifton Nichols

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