Is This the Radically Different Future of Apple’s Displays?

iPad 2 2011 AppleA recent report from Korea’s ETNews via 9to5Mac claims that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is planning some radical changes for the displays in almost all of its products. Some devices will be getting larger displays, while other products will incorporate the previously unused OLED and LED display technologies.

According to ETNews’ sources, the next iteration of the iPhone will get a display of at least 5 inches. This rumor is in line with a recent report from the Wall Street Journal that said Apple was considering making a larger iPhone with a screen size ranging from 4.8 inches to 6 inches. Apple is also reported to be developing a larger version of the iPad with a 12.9-inch screen. Like the large-iPhone rumor, this rumor was also previously reported by the Wall Street Journal.

ETNews notes that Apple will divide its iPad product line into “affordable and premium variations” by using both conventional and high-definition, or Retina, displays in its tablets. This rumor is bolstered by a recent report from well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

According to Kuo, Apple is planning to release two versions of its next-generation iPad mini. Like the iPad 5, the first iPad mini model will feature a Retina display and will be released sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. However, the analyst also believes that Apple will release a cheaper non-Retina version of the iPad mini 2 in 2014, reports Apple Insider.

ETNews also reports that Apple will utilize a flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display for its upcoming iWatch product. OLED technology is especially well-suited for flexible display purposes since it can be fabricated on a thin plastic substrate. According to the Korean news site’s unnamed sources, Apple may also adopt a low-energy LED display for its MacBook product line.

Finally, ETNews notes the impact that Apple’s display changes will have on the overall display industry. The report notes that Samsung (SSNLF.PK) Display and LG Display (NYSE:LPL) are likely to get more orders from Apple while Japan Display will likely get fewer orders. Although unverified rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, it should be noted that ETNews accurately predicted in July that Apple would abandon production of the iPhone 5 in favor of focusing its resources on the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.

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