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A new report states that Apple is all in on OLED displays starting in 2020

All the upcoming iPhones will have OLED screens.

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We first had an inkling back in May of last year that the days of Apple using LCD screens in its iPhones were numbered. That snippet of information came via ETNews, and now the Wall Street Journal is backing up those claims.

The report from the WSJ has a different angle – disappointing iPhone XR sales has led to Japan Display, a major supplier of LCD screens for Apple, to seek a bailout from investors in both China and Taiwan.

That package will be around half a billion dollars, enough to purchase 30-percent equity in the display maker.

Apple made up over half of Japan Display’s revenue as of March 2018, so the iPhone XR low sales had a huge knock-on effect on them.

OLED displays in more iPhones

The WSJ also spoke to some sources with knowledge of Japan Display’s production plans. They make a pretty bold claim – that the 2020 iPhone lineup won’t have any LCD screens.

READ MORE: Apple reportedly working on OLED MacBook Air and iPad Pro

With larger numbers of OLED screens needed for the usual three devices in the yearly iPhone lineup, this should drop OLED prices overall, spurring adoption of the tech in more mobile devices.

What’s more, it should drop the price of the new flexible OLED screens, which might bring the price point down to mid-range devices rather than the $1k+ devices that are currently in production. Those same sources hinted at a possible flexible Apple iPhone, saying that OLED allows a “more flexible” handset design than LCD.

Lackluster iPhone XR sales have been exaggerated, according to Tim Cook

For Apple’s part, CEO Tim Cook has called reports about the lackluster sales of the iPhone XR “baloney,” going on to state that the XR model has been the most popular iPhone every day since its release. Of course, we can’t verify that as Apple stopped releasing unit sales numbers in its financial reporting.

I guess we’ll have to wait until later this year for the inevitable Apple event unveiling the next iPhone range to know if these reports are valid or not. Until then, maybe join the 11 million people who replaced the battery in one of Apple’s earlier iPhones if your phone is having issues.

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