The iPhone 8 could well use OLED display technology after remarks from Sharp CEO Tai Jeng-wu added more weight to previous rumours that this would be the case.
Tai, who joined Sharp as president and CEO in August after Foxconn completed its acquisition of the Japanese tech firm, revealed the news during a speech given to students at Tatung University and attended by Nikkei Asia Review.
"The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS [low-temperature poly-silicon] to OLED panels," he said during a ceremony in which he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
"We don't know whether Apple's OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn't walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity."
Tai didn't specify when Apple will make the leap, but added: "We are now building a new [OLED] facility in Japan. We can make [OLED panels] in the US too. If our key customer demands [that we] manufacture in the US, is it possible for us not to do so?"
This isn't the first we've heard about Apple shifting to OLED for the next-generation iPhone, which will reportedly arrive as the iPhone 8 rather than the iPhone 7S.
The last we heard, in March, Apple had asked LG and Samsung to see whether they could churn out the required number of OLED screens in time for the launch of next year's iPhone.
Reports also claim that the so-called iPhone 8, which is likely to be released in September 2017, will be the first Apple smartphone with wireless charging
Not just any old wireless charging, either. Bloomberg reported that Apple is "exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones".
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