A report emanating from a reliable source is indicating that Apple could make its 2019 iPhone lighter and thinner than both iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS thanks to the new OLED screen.
We heard a touch-integrated OLED has literarily flattened out the touchscreen-making process and currently needs a separate touch layer, which sits on top of the display layer.
It would make sense to laminate the touch sensitivity to the OLED screen to save at least a millimeter of space and makes the next iPhone lighter and thinner than before.
Because of a lot of things being packed in, recent iPhones have been thicker than the 6.9mm iPhone 6 of 2014. In fact, the latest model, iPhone XS Max is actually 7.7mm thick.
Well, no one will complain if Apple retains the thickness but fill the extra space with a better battery.
Apple will likely continue to rely on Samsung
According to ETNews, Samsung Display makes the touch-integrated OLED screen we are talking about here and calls it “Y-OCTA.”
It means Apple may continue to rely on its biggest rival in the world, Samsung. Aside from that, we learned Apple is sourcing its current iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS displays from LG Display and Samsung Display.
Apple reliance on a touchscreen supplier could slow down the production in 2019 and may make the new iPhone 2019 more scarce when it is launched in September 2019.
We all know Samsung also has to launch its own new version of Samsung phone in 2019, just as it is launching its Samsung Galaxy A8S with pinhole camera this December, Apple needs to find alternative screen manufacturer to avoid any delay in production.
But then, we keep our fingers crossed just as we wait for 2019 to arrive. 2019 will be another great year for phone manufacturers and the battle of the touchscreen is going to be interesting!