A new report from Nikkei regarding the iPhone 12 lineup corroborates what we have heard over the last few months. The report is based on supply chain sources and claims Apple will use OLED panels across all four iPhone 12 models that it will launch later this year.
Citing an “executive-level supply,” the report indicates that regardless of the change to OLED panels, the iPhone 12 lineup will include a notch or “fringe” because the house is required by Apple to deal with Face ID parts.
The move to OLED panels will benefit Samsung, though Apple is working on reducing its reliance on the South Korean display maker and it is working on certifying OLED panels from BOE for this. The Chinese display maker is yet to meet Apple’s requirements for OLED panels for the iPhone 12 lineup, though it can enter the company’s supply chain later on.
Apple’s determination to maneuver to OLED panels utterly will negatively impact the company’s long time LCD panel maker Japan Display which has already been struggling for a very long time. However, analysts believe that Japan Display will still be around and continue to supply Apple with LCD panels for its older and upcoming budget devices.
Sources also confirmed to the publication that Apple will not be including EarPods and charger in the box of its upcoming new iPhones and iPad this year.
To lower the cost a bit is one reason, but not necessarily the most important one… The reason why Apple does not include those two accessories is also because a lot of existing iPhone users already have many of them over the past few years,” according to a source with knowledge of Apple’s thinking.
The report also reiterates that the iPhone 12 lineup will come with 5G connectivity.