Next year could see the arrival of iPhones that use Full Active LCD displays. The technology, developed by Japan Display, could be used on Apple’s lower-priced handsets moving forward, according to The Wall Street Journal.
After the iPhone X, which launches on Nov. 3, Apple’s largely expected to expand its OLED display iPhone lineup to at least two models in 2018. Despite this, the company is likely to continue selling less expensive LCD-based models such as this year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus too.
What’s Full Active? As The Wall Street Journal explains:
Japan Display argues that its improved LCD screens can match or exceed some of OLED’s advantages at lower cost. In Full Active, the bezel or border space around each edge of the screen has been trimmed to 0.5 millimeters, the company says, compared with as much as several millimeters on older LCDs. Minatake Kashio, director of Tokyo-based consultancy Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, said current OLED smartphone panels have a bezel of about one millimeter.
It’s nice seeing Apple has no plans to ending support for LCD handsets. With the iPhone X starting at $999, it’s imperative it keeps offering lower-priced options. The possible switch to Full Active could assure this committed to LCD will continue for many years to come.