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2019 iPhone will be thinner and lighter thanks to Galaxy S9 display tech

Thanks to Samsung display technology currently used in the Galaxy S9, a 2019 iteration of the iPhone will be thinner and lighter.

Published onDecember 13, 2018

  • Apple will reportedly use Samsung Y-OCTA display technology in at least one of the 2019 iPhones.
  • Y-OCTA from Samsung display will make the iPhone thinner and lighter, and cost Apple less money to produce.
  • The Y-OCTA Samsung display tech is currently used in both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

According to ETNews, Samsung is going to sell Apple some of its “secret sauce” when it comes to display technology. According to the report, Apple will use a Y-OCTA Samsung display in at least one of its 2019 iPhones. This display is currently used in both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

This wouldn’t be the first time Samsung has sold Apple display tech (most iPhones have Samsung displays in them), nor would it be the first time Samsung has sold a Y-OCTA display to another company (the OPPO Find X has it). However, this would be the first time Samsung has sold Y-OCTA tech to Apple.

Why is the OPPO Find X display so good? Probably because it’s from the Galaxy S9

Y-OCTA displays are beneficial for three reasons: they are thinner, lighter, and cheaper to produce over traditional displays. The reason for the displays being thinner and lighter is because Y-OCTA displays incorporate a touch-sensitive layer right into the display itself, rather than needing a layer for the display and then a layer of touch-sensitive material (and then glass on top of both). By eliminating a layer, the smartphone can be marginally lighter and thinner.

Reportedly, Samsung pitched Apple on using this display tech in order to keep its business. It’s no secret that Apple is trying to develop partnerships with other display manufacturers to lessen its reliance on Samsung. LG, for example, was reportedly going to supply some panels for iPhones this year, although that apparently did not come to pass. It’s possible Samsung is offering up the Y-OCTA tech as a show of good faith to keep Apple coming back for more.

It’s interesting to note that, so far, there hasn’t been a Y-OCTA display on the market with a notch. What could this potentially mean for Apple’s 2019 iPhones?

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