Apple expects to fully migrate its award-winning iPhone platform to OLED screens in 2019 A report on Monday claims the company plans to launch three cell phone models with the technology next year.
Relying on industry sources that are familiar with the matter, reported ETNews by Apple that Apple recently started planning the iPhone product line in 201
Consistent with earlier rumors, and mirroring a product offering widely expected to debut this fall, Apple is expected to bring three new iPhone models to market next year. Unlike this year's release, which is expected to include two OLED variants and a low-cost LCD model, each new iPhone will be equipped with an OLED screen.
"Apple has decided to integrate OLED 2019 into all new iPhone models," the unnamed source said. "However, if there are more than three new models, an LCD model can be maintained."
The release predicts difficult times for Apple's existing LCD suppliers, including Japan Display, whose share fell 10 percent shortly after the report was released. Sharp, another LCD provider, saw stock prices fall 4 percent.
Apple is currently focusing on Samsung's smartphone competitors for OLED panels used in the iPhone X, the company's first and only mobile phone to incorporate advanced display technology. This partnership is expected to deepen in 2019, the report said. Samsung may need additional manufacturing facilities to support Apple's iPhone strategy.
The A3-OLED manufacturing plant of the Korean technology giant has "significantly" improved the yield and a new "A4" plant will soon go online, suggesting that the company will be able to meet demand without further investment cover up.
Apple also wants to expand its OLED supply chain by adding LG to the mix. Originally the only supplier of OLED screens for Apple Watch, LG was originally expected to be the secondary supplier to this year's iPhones, but ongoing production issues have put this role at risk.
Although the expected launch of Apple's 2018 iPhone model is still months away, media and analysts are already speculating on what the company will have in store for next year. More interesting predictions include the rear-facing 3D sensor technology similar to the TrueDepth camera introduced with the iPhone X, new high-performance battery technology, and designs that remove the "notch" cutout embedded in TrueDepth in iPhone X.  It is widely expected that by 2018, Apple will launch three iPhone models. Allegedly from a 6.1-inch LCD variant, two OLED models will be included in a 5.8-inch "iPhone X2" and larger 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus". "Samsung has reportedly started production of OLED panels for the two top-end models this month.