Tuesday 27 September 2016

Report casts doubts on iPhone 7 having AMOLED display

Emma Clark

Published 11/11/2015 | 01:00

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The iPhone 7 may not feature an AMOLED display as previously thought. An analyst has said that Apple won't use AMOLED screens until 2019, at least.

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Analysts are squaring off over whether or not the iPhone 7 will feature an AMOLED display. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it will not.

In fact, Kuo doesn’t expect Apple to use an AMOLED display on any iPhone until at least 2019.

Kuo’s reasoning is that Foxconn will be building a sixth-generation LTPS TFT-LCD production line in Zhengzhou, China. Mass production is expected to begin in 2018 and Kuo believes that this is to prepare for future orders of TFT-LCD screens for iPhones.

The iPhone has consistently featured LCD displays, which can theoretically achieve a higher level of brightness across the whole screen, are a little cheaper to produce, and offer better performance in sunlight.

Apple has dabbled with AMOLED screens with the release of the Apple Watch, but it’s unlikely that this experiment will be extended to the iPhone range.

Of course, we’re nearly a year away from the release of the iPhone 7, so take everything with a grain of salt. There’s still plenty of time for plans to change one way or the other.

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