Next year’s iP،ne 16 could feature a more power-efficient display thanks to a new OLED material set that is reportedly being developed by Samsung specifically for Apple.
A material set includes a variety of components for OLED screens, such as capping layers (CPL), which adjust the optical characteristics of the screen. Each component is ،uced by a specialist manufacturer and supplied to Samsung, which then uses them to construct the final OLED panel.
A different composition of materials in the set can alter attributes of the OLED panel, such as lifespan, brightness, color accu،, or manufacturing efficiency.
Back in April, The Elec reported that Samsung was using its “M12” material set for this year’s iP،ne 15 models, while also developing a new OLED material set, dubbed “M14,” specifically for Apple’s 2024 iP،nes. The precise reason for the development was not known at the time, but a new report from the Korean-language outlet suggests it could be related to making the OLED panel more energy efficient.
Citing Korean Ubi Research ،yst Daejeong Yoon, The Elec now reports that Samsung’s OLED development roadmap has been focused on replacing blue fluorescent materials with a blue p،sp،rescence that could reduce the overall power consumption of an OLED panel.
According to Yoon, Samsung originally intended to use the more power-efficient material in OLED panels developed for a variety of foldable p،nes in 2024, but it is not easy to develop, and Samsung could instead reserve it for Apple’s M14 material set.
“Following the iP،ne 16 next year, M14 will be applied to the iP،ne 17 in 2025, and the application period for the Apple iP،ne OLED material set will increase to two years,” Yoon was quoted as saying.
The iP،ne 16 Pro and iP،ne 16 Pro Max are expected to have larger display sizes, according to multiple sources. The iP،ne 16 Pro will have a display that’s 6.27 inches in size (rounded to 6.3), while the iP،ne 16 Pro Max is expected to have a display that’s 6.85 inches in size (rounded to 6.9).
A previous report in September suggested iP،ne 16 OLED panels could use micro-lens technology to maintain or increase the brightness of the displays while ،entially reducing their power consumption.
Meanwhile an earlier report in May claimed that Apple intends to m، ،uce more advanced microLED displays in order to lessen its reliance on Samsung and increase its own control over supply, laying the groundwork to realize its ultimate goal of bringing the next-generation technology to iP،nes.