updated 04:03 pm EDT, Mon May 14, 2012
Samsung chief statements could mean bendy iPhones
The coming years could see bending, twisting, and even wearable iPhones and other devices, if The Korea Times is right in its interpretation of one Samsung executive's remarks. Samsung reports sizable offerings for its bendable OLED displays, and analysts believe the quantities on order could signal that Apple is interested in bringing the technology to future devices.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun recently revealed that the company has received "huge" orders from electronics makers for flexible OLED displays. Kwon said that Samsung will be mass-producing flexible OLED displays, with about a million expected to be shipped by the end of the year.
While Samsung partners with a number of manufacturers and makes its own line of electronics, Apple is a major purchaser of Samsung displays. Analysts talking with The Korea Times take this important partnership as a primary indicator that, if Samsung is receiving huge orders for its flexible displays, Apple is the most likely candidate to be placing some of those orders.
The technology isn't expected to show up in the upcoming iPhone 5, but it is possible that Apple could adopt the flexible display technology for use in future iterations of its popular smartphone.
Samsung has been showing off its flexible display technology for some time now. The company has branded the displays "Yuom," and has been known to be planning a ramp up in production for the last couple of months. Flexible display smartphone concepts have already been shown off by researchers in Canada, as well. Integration of flexible display technology with current smartphone technology could lead to big changes in user interactions, as well as phone form factors, enabling wearable smartphones and other unimagined possibilities.