Apple appears to have ordered $4 billion (£3.2 billion) worth of OLED screens, the ultra bright displays which have long been rumoured for inclusion in next year’s iPhone 8.
Analysts studying Apple’s latest financial filings with U.S. regulators have discovered a purchase order for the screens. They believe that the money was paid to arch-rival Samsung, which is said to be one of Apple’s key iPhone screen suppliers.
Apple apparently paid a similar amount to Samsung in the three months from July to September, related to a long term deal for OLED screens.
If proved to be true, this latest tidbit adds to a strong of rumours claiming that Apple will include the displays in 2017’s iPhone 8. It currently uses older LCD panels for its iPhones, while rivals such as Samsung have been offering brighter, low power OLED panels for some time.
Apple already uses OLED tech in its Apple Watch.
The iPhone 8 is expected to launch in late 2017, with an all–new glass design, wireless charging smarts, improved cameras and possibly a curved screen.