Apple iPhone 8 Latest News & Updates: OLED Progress Detailed; Render Showed Edge-To-Edge DisplayBy Staff Writer, UniversityHerald Reporter
Apple's next iPhone reportedly would have an OLED display. New reports are claiming that an iPhone with an OLED display is highly dependent on a small company -- Canon Tokki Corp.
Sources recently claimed that a bottleneck or congestion in OLED supply could prevent Apple from rolling out OLED iPhones next year. According to SlashGear, Canon Tokki has a "near monopoly" or control over the equipment that is used to create OLED displays for smartphones.
As of late, Canon Tokki has a "growing backlog" of orders for their machines that make OLED display, Bloomberg reported. The backlog goes longer as time goes by and this lengthy order can impede Apple's plan to introduce OLED smartphones.
Canon Tokki attempts to address this growing backlog by expanding their display-making machines' output this year. According to the company's homepage, there are two plants currently making OLED displays: Mitsuke Plant at 10-1 Shinko-cho, Mitsuke-shi, Niigata 954-0076 Japan, and Hiratsuka Plant at 3072 Okami Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 254-0012 Japan. Bloomberg, however, reported that there's only one manufacturing plant.
Canon Tokki's ELVESS OLED Mass Production System makes OLED displays on mass orders. Canon Tokki said that "this fully automated manufacturing system can maintain constant operation with a cycle time of 2-3 minutes per substrate for approximately one week, contributing to the mass production of OLED displays."
There are reports that Apple's iPhone 8 would have long-distance wireless charging, according to iDropNews. Apple is reportedly teaming up with Energous and Dialog Semiconductor (an Apple chip supplier) to achieve this feat.
The iPhone 8 is expected to have a complete, modern redesign. Renders showed that bezels would be gone and replacing it is an edge-to-edge display wrapping the front part of the smartphone.
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Those who are worried that this feature would make the iPhone 8 bigger need not fret. There's a huge chance that Apple won't make the iPhone 8 larger but instead would remove excess features from the front such as the Home button. The tech giant could just embed the Touch ID sensor directly into the device's screen so space would be conserved.
Apple's iPhone 8 is expected to have a 5.1- or 5.2-inch display. The device would reportedly have a glass back and iris/facial scanning technology, as well as an A11 processor and a multi-sensor camera. However, these are all speculations for now and an official announcement from Apple is yet to be had.
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