The iPhone 11’s OLED display might look very familiar when the phone actually launches, especially for those who do tear-down reports like the folks at iFixit. We’re hearing that the display technology may be the same as what’s on the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S10.
The Korean-language news outlet The Elec reports that the iPhone 11 will have the same OLED display materials as those found in Samsung’s Note 10 and Galaxy S10. Apple used a different set of materials for the iPhone X and XS, possibly even custom materials, but the Korean news outlet said the company will not be repeating that move in the iPhone 11.
The reason it looks like the iPhone 11’s OLED display will use the same materials goes down to technology branding. The material used in the Note 10 and S10 is listed as being branded “M9.” According to The Elec, the iPhone 11 Pro is also listed as using the same “M9” materials for its OLED panel. What this basically means is that you should be able to get a good idea of how well the iPhone 11’s OLED display will work by checking out Samsung’s Note 10 and Galaxy S10.
9to5Mac notes that it’s unclear why Apple would stop using custom-selected materials. It’s possible that Samsung’s standard technology is now on par with Apple’s standards. Logistics and price could also be factors in the product development process. Samsung fined Apple about $600 million for not selling as many OLED-equipped iPhones as it originally projected. Thus, it’s possible that Apple didn’t have as much pricing leverage this time. We also heard from well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple is planning on absorbing the impact of trade tariffs rather than raising the prices of this year’s iPhone models, so that could be a factor too.
Although Apple hasn’t yet revealed anything official about the iPhone 11, we expect the company to hold an unveiling event on Sept. 10 or possibly 11. The new iPhone line-up is expected to go on sale on Sept. 20. A rumor this week also suggested the names we can expect to see: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.