Apple Secretly Developing its own iPhone Screens

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Apple recently sent out invites to an event, where the company is expected to announce new products and services.

We'll find out later this year just how cheaper this iPhone will be, if Apple is really planning to release all of these devices in 2018.

Due to this cost reduction Apple fans can definitely expect a price drop from the massive $999 of the iPhone X for the upcoming 5.8-inch iPhone model. The iPhone-maker now sources OLED panels from Samsung Display for the iPhone X.

Phone manufacturers tweak screens to their specifications, and Apple has for years calibrated iPhone screens for color accuracy, but this marks the first time Apple is designing screens end-to-end itself. Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst said that the TrueDepth camera system was the main reason behind the problems because of its complicated facial recognition technologies.

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As per Digitimes Research Senior Analyst, Luke Lin, the current iPhone X has a MBOM over US$400. Lin says that engineering samples show that the 5.8-inch model comprises of components with lower specs compared to the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. However, the project was suspended "mid-February and may be eventually terminated". However, news of the shift from OLED to in-house displays has roiled stocks of Apple's existing screen suppliers across Asia.

iPhone sales did miss expectations during Apple's most recent quarter, but CEO Tim Cook said that the "iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November".

According to a report in Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Apple could launch a 5.85-inch OLED iPhone that would be cheaper to manufacture than the original iPhone X (REVIEW). This could also result in the increase in prices as Apple has finalised an agreement with Samsung Display "with satisfactory terms". We could see Apple displays used in the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and maybe even MacBooks in the future, but there's one big problem: MicroLED is extremely hard to manufacture.

A leaked video of a rumored prototype of the upcoming iPhone SE 2 aka iPhone X SE had emerged online not long ago, showing an iPhone SE-based design with an all-screen display similar to the iPhone X. On top of this, rumors indicate that a new pencil support feature is also in the works to go along with the new iPad Pro 3. While the display on the iPhone X is extremely color accurate, it's still not quite flawless.