Apple will receive OLED displays from Samsung for the new iPhone 14, but not all models will have access to Samsung’s most cutting-edge technologies.
The iPhone 14 series will have four versions. Two “classic” models and two “Pro” models. Samsung Display will retain the best of its OLED displays for the two most expensive iPhones, according to The Elec. This will reduce Apple’s expenses.
Apple will use two manufacturers for the iPhone’s displays. Samsung will make OLED panels for all four smartphone models, while LG Display will only handle two devices. Apple is attempting to reduce manufacturing costs in response to rising material and labor costs.
The American giant has therefore decided to keep the same screen technology as its iPhone 13 and 13 Pro for its future iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.
These last two models, which should benefit from screens of 6.1 and 6.7 inches, will use the M11 technology of Samsung. On the other hand, the two models “Pro” and “Pro Max” will benefit from OLED screens with M12 technology.
The latter will also be used in Samsung’s next folding smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4, which will be officially presented on August 10.
This means that Samsung will be the first to present products equipped with this technology a few weeks before its major American rival.
Thus, the OLED panels of the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus will be made of low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) while the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have OLED panels made of low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO).
The latter technology adjusts the screen refresh rate based on the content being displayed to minimize the panel’s impact on the device’s power consumption.
The LTPO TFT panels are those used by Apple to offer its ProMotion display technology with a variable refresh rate of 120 Hz on the “Pro” iPhone models. We can then deduce that the Apple brand will apply the same strategy as on the iPhone 13 series: 60 Hz screens for the “classic” models (iPhone 14 and 14 Plus) and 120 Hz screens for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
This year, Apple would put much more attention to its Pro models than last year by distinguishing them more clearly from other models.
Beyond the screen, we know for example that the iPhone 14 Pro will be more powerful than the other models, which is currently not the case for the iPhone 13. If you want to know more about the next Apple smartphones, we invite you to check out our complete guide to the future iPhone 14.