Posted Mon Jan 25, 2016 at 02:30 PM PST by Steven Cohen
The display manufacturer is gearing up to produce mobile OLED panels.
According to a report from Reuters, Japan Display will start mass producing OLED smartphone panels in 2018. The news comes as rumors continue to indicate that Apple is looking for an OLED supplier for its new iPhone models.
Japan Display currently provides LCD panels for various devices including those made by Apple. Their entry into OLED production will now put them into competition with other OLED manufacturers like LG. OLED tech provides many benefits over traditional LCD screens, including superior black levels and contrast. Industry rumors point to Apple switching to OLED panels for their upcoming iPhone models potentially set for release in 2018 and, if true, it's now likely that Japan Display will be a candidate for their supply. LG and Samsung are also possible candidates, and both companies already use OLED panels for some of their own smartphones.
Apple has yet to confirm plans to include OLED panels in their upcoming iPhones, but the company already uses the tech in their Apple Watch.
The latest news on all things 4K Ultra HD, blu-ray and Gear.