Apple May be Moving to OLED for Laptops, iPhone

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Apple may be planning to switch to OLED displays in its laptop lineup soon, and it may start using the displays in the iPhone, too. The news comes from unnamed sources in LG, the company that will allegedly supply the displays to Apple, according to SmartHouse.

The sources also claimed that Apple has already paid LG US$500 million to develop new display technologies.

The displays Apple plans to use apparently include touch sensitivity, and LG is currently working to eliminate obvious finger marks left on the displays. The company thinks that it can add an extra layer to the displays that deals with the smudges caused by body oils and sweat.

Apple may also planning on using OLED technology in its desktop displays, and in wireless media device that's similar to Apple TV.

Since Apple doesn't comment on unannounced products and technologies, take this rumor with a grain of salt. Switching to OLED would, however, potentially let Apple produce even thinner laptops since the displays don't require any backlighting.



Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The timing is about right. WIth Obama lifting the ban on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, there should be lots of organic stuff flooding the market soon. This will drive the price of OLED screens down significantly.


Yes, this may be the one thing missing in the notebook lineup I’ve been waiting for.  With OLED comes foldable screens that you can fit in your pocket, and yet be bigger than a 17” display.  It could be made into a folding map kind of idea.

Some Guy

The term “organic” in OLED only refers to the type of chemistry used in the manufacturing of the displays (organic vs. inorganic chemistry). No living cells of any kind are used to manufacture them in any way.

Saying that stem cell research will improve OLED displays is like saying that bailing out the auto industry will improve bicycle tire manufacturing. The two have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Some Guy obviously works for the OLED Industry. Next, he’ll try to tell us that the OLEDs’ brightness isn’t the result of exclusive use of embryonic stem cells from fetal offspring of college graduates.

(That’s 2 points and the foul for Bosco if you’re keeping score at home.)


Let us hope that the new stem cell regulations will help Bosco smile

gopher I think you have a point that this could mean a foldable MacNetBook screen.


No, foldable OLEDs are many years away (there is no plastic with low enough O2 and H2O permeability).  And OLED displays for laptops (12-17”) are probably 2-3 years away (manufacturing scalability issues).
  OLED displays for iPhone, iPod, etc. can be manufactured right now but the price is considerably higher than for LCDs (which never stops Apple),



the iPhone is probably moving to OLED but I really don’t think that the notebooks are there just yet. For the notebooks to switch over to OLED displays you will need a relatively inexpensive 13, 15, and 17” OLED panels and this is just not here yet. Do you remember the Sony OLED TV. Well it costs $2500 for an 11” display. Sure the cost is more than just a mere panel but still way too expensive for Apple or any other manufacturer. And while a $500 mill is a pretty large chunk of cash it’ll be a while before LG develops a 17” display that Apple can reasonably use in their product line. But it’s really nice that Apple is working on bringing OLED to macbooks. LED lit panels are great but it can get even better.

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