Device With Bezel Less Display To Launch Next Week?

Phone manufacturers tweak screens to their specifications, and Apple has for years calibrated iPhone screens for color accuracy, but this marks the first time Apple is designing screens end-to-end itself.

MicroLED screens are brighter and use less battery power than the current Samsung-made OLED displays used in the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9, and they enable the manufacture of slimmer devices such as smartphones and smart watches. Lin says that engineering samples show that the 5.8-inch model comprises of components with lower specs compared to the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

Lin also believes the 5.85-inch OLED iPhone may be the cheapest of the three new devices.

Scheduled to launch this year, Apple is tipped to unveil three new iPhone X successors; an OLED 5.85-inch, OLED ~6.45-inch and 6.1-inch LCD model.

Some reports at the time indicate trial production of finished iPhone X units did not start until late August, a process that normally concludes in July.

Interestingly, Lin also said in the report that Apple had previously planned to launch a 5.85-inch model with an LCD panel to keep the MBOM in check.

Apple plans to expand its use of OLED screens until MicroLED is ready for market, going from one iPhone model to two and adding LG as a second supplier alongside Samsung. In particular, the low yield of infrared 3D sensors for the iPhone X's FaceID functionality is cited as the main reason why that one hit the shelves at a later date and was initially always out of stock.

The report is based on supply chain sources and states that Apple is speeding up the trial production to continue with the delivery schedules of the upcoming iPhone models so that there would be available supply for pre-orders.

However, Apple is said to have reached an agreement with Samsung Display and secured satisfactory terms that will prevent the panel costs from increasing.

Apple is reportedly working on the three iPhones for this year.

The large iPhone is said to have an iPhone X display in a body the size of an iPhone 8 Plus. If Apple were to pass on that savings to customers, the next iPhone X could cost about $900 instead of $999.

When Apple launched the iPhone X in September previous year, it was (and still is) the most expensive iPhone ever. We could very well see a new Apple Pencil with expanded compatibility for lower-end iPads.

  • Joey Payne