Apple, Google, and Microsoft Working on Foldable OLED Displays for Future Phone Models
The tech giant, Apple is gearing up to manufacture a foldable iPhone. If rumours are to be believed, you can expect the launch of foldable iPhone in 2017. The iPhone 8 won’t be the first smartphone out there to feature Foldable OLED Displays, but it may convince more smartphone makers to build similar devices in the future.
According to Korean site ETNews, it’s confirmed that LG Display will mass-produce foldable displays for Apple, but also for other major industry players including Google and Microsoft. That’s certainly an interesting detail considering we haven’t seen any rumor to suggest Google’s future Pixel phones or Microsoft’s Surface-branded devices could feature foldable screens.
Most likely, Microsoft could use Foldable OLED Displays for a new Surface model, if it ever sees daylight – the Surface Phone is projected to launch in the fall of 2017, so foldable displays won’t be ready in time for this debut.
Both Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature Foldable OLED Displays, we also expect Google to follow the similar path. The search engine giant will also add new features for enhancement of the image quality in the 2017 Pixel version.
It’s unclear at this time when Google and Microsoft might release devices with curved or foldable screens. If they’re waiting for LG’s new OLED display factories to come online, then it’s not going to be until sometime after next year.
LG patented a prototype for a foldable, translucent tablet display earlier this year, while competitor Samsung has made considerable strides in the field with a foldable phone that could potentially release next year.