Since Apple first launched its iPhones in 2007, it has been using an LCD screen or a Liquid Crystal Display on its devices. However, recently, the more expensive iPhone models have started using organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays which are supposed to be better than LCD screens in terms of display quality.
But then, Apple didn’t entirely ditch the LCD screens, primarily because of reasons involving costs. Even this year, the more high-end iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max used OLED displays, while the affordable iPhone XR had an LCD screen.
But a report that has surfaced on The Wall Street Journal claims that in 2020, this is set to change. The report quotes unnamed sources who are familiar with Apple’s production plans and it said that the company has plans to drop the LCD screens from its lineup completely.
It further said that Japan Display, which is Apple’s LCD supplier, is very stressed with this news. It is worth noticing that Japan Display is partially owned and funded by the Japanese government. So much so, that it has considering selling the company to investors in China or Taiwan, including TPK Holdings which supplies touch-panel parts of the iPhone and China’s ‘Silk Road Fund’.
According to the report, even though LCD Displays have been commoditized recently, Jaan Display may add value to the buyer, considering its close association with Apple.
We should also add that is highly unlikely that Apple will omit the LCD display from its 2019 lineup. Even though the new lineup will be unveiled in September, the design of the upcoming iPhones would have been locked down by now.
Based on various reports and rumours, Apple will unveil three new iPhones this year. One will succeed iPhone XR and the other two will be successors to iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The first renders of the upcoming devices have already started circulating online. The very first ones were released by Onleaks and Digit.in and the second ones were published by technology blog CompareRaja in collaboration with Onleaks. Although the two renders show very different designs, they both house a triple camera setup on their back panels. Since it’s too early, we can’t really say which one – if any – is accurate.