New rumours suggest that Apple is finally jumping on the OLED band wagon with the iPhone 8, allowing it to keep pace with rival devices from Samsung in the display department, according to industry sources quoted by Bloomberg.
Organic light-emitting diode tech has been a fixture of the mobile market for over half a decade, but Apple has remained resolutely committed to traditional LCD screens for the entire iPhone range to date. This could change in 2018 when the iPhone 8 arrives, with these reports being backed up by the fact that display maker, Sharp, has recently confirmed it will be spending around £440 million to boost its OLED manufacturing capacity.
There are a number of benefits of OLED screens which give them the edge over LCD counterparts, including richer colours, better contrast ratios and improved energy efficiency. The main downside is that screen burn-in can occur after several years of use, meaning that they are less practical in the long run.
Since the life span of most mobiles is 12 to 24 months, this should not be seen as a problem and if the iPhone 8 does come with an OLED display, then it will be just one of a number of improvements that Apple fans have been requesting for years.