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  1. Reports pertaining unreleased Apple gadgets are aplenty, particularly at this time of the year when analysts and commentators try to piece together the release calendar using clues, tip-offs, historical context and some good, old-fashioned conjecture. And now a new report has just popped up which is backed by some research, and believes that Apple may be preparing an iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display, while the screen of the so-called iWatch device may be comprised of flexible AMOLED. If either were to ring true, they’d certainly be firsts given that the company has stuck with the small phone form factor from the get-go, while AMOLED is something that only rivals have utilized. The original iPhone offered a 3.5-inch display, and although things got a great deal sharper and generally more beautiful with the iPhone 4, it wasn’t until the iPhone 5 – released only late in 2012 – that Apple pushed the boundaries and offered (an admittedly stingy) 1/2-inch increase. There is a growing faction of Apple fans looking for something larger, though, and with the likes of the HTC One easily competing with the iPhone in terms of aesthetics, the Cupertino outfit knows that it cannot afford to rest on its laurels for too much longer. Almost every year, we’ve heard rumors pertaining an iPhone with more display real estate, but only this time around does it actually seem as though we may actually get it. As well as the 5.5-inch model, the 4.7-inch, lower-end model will be made to suit those with smaller hands and pockets. This second configuration would still represent a significant leap from the 4-inch panel of the current flagship iPhone 5s, and with a 1,600 x 900 resolution offering 386 pixels per inch, it’ll be both comfortably within Apple’s arbitrary "Retina" zone and sharper than any other iPhone we’ve seen to date. The iPhone roster’s major changes could well be upstaged by the introduction of the alleged iWatch, which will, if what we’re led to believe is true, compete with the likes of the Pebble, Sony and Samsung in the smartwatch field. Unfortunately, despite having heard a lot of it, we’ve yet to really learn about its tech specs, form factor, or any otherwise interesting details, but according to the report, its display will be Apple’s first AMOLED. Moreover, the report mentions flexible AMOLED with a pixel density between 278ppi and 348ppi, depending on whether the display’s diameter stands at 1.3 or 1.6 inches. Source
  2. Samsung is apparently now ready to start mass production of AMOLED displays for tablets next month, Korean media reports. A 10-incher is mentioned in the publication, though we've heard a smaller, 8" tablet with OLED screen is in the cards, too. AMOLED displays, of Samsung fame, don't have a backlight like the LCD ones, but are rather using the photons that each pixel emits itself. Those organic diodes that comprise OLED displays, have been mastered by Samsung and LG to the extent that they have TV panels made out of them, so why not tablets, too? Until recently it was tough and cost-prohibitive to make mid-size OLED screens in the 8-10" range, so Samsung focused mainly on phones and TVs for commercializing said technology. The tables have turned, it seems, and the publication says Samsung will boost its sagging OLED production lines capacity utilization precisely on account of the tablets with such screens it is about to launch. These, however, are likely to be premium products, and priced accordingly, so we wouldn't uncork the champagne just yet, until we know the specs and price for certain. Source
  3. We heard through the grapevine during Samsung's Analyst Day not long ago that the company might be releasing a 560ppi mobile display next year, which we immediately thought would be a perfect fit for a flagship phone like the Galaxy S5 or even an eventual Note 4. There were no reporters allowed during the Analyst Day presentations given by Samsung head honchos, so most of the rumors what's in the pipeline were hearsay from Korean analysts that were present at the events. Now, however, we have the whole presentation of Samsung Display's CEO Kinam Kim leaking out, and on slide number 11 below 2014 is clearly marked as the year Samsung will reach 560ppi phone displays, and of the Super AMOLED variety at that. Next up in the lofty goals is making such displays with plastic substrate, like on the Galaxy Round, but mass producing such panels is probably some time off still. Nevertheless, a 560ppi AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S5 would be pretty amazing, as it would mean resolutions in the 2600x1440 pixels ballpark at a 5.3" size. That's roughly the so-called WQHD resolution that you see mentioned in one of the slides as ready for next year, whose standard is exactly a 2560x1440 resolution, or 3.7 million pixels at your disposal on a small phone screen, pretty crazy. Not that we have any problem with the current Full HD 1080p screens, but if the new panels also sport some fancy new energy-saving tech like during the jump from 720p to 1080p screens, we are all for it. In any case, this is just speculation at this point, though we doubt that if Samsung has heard plans for 2600x1440ppi smartphone screens from competitors, it will leave next year's flagships to chance. Meanwhile, Samsung has some great plans for bendable, foldable, and even stretchable displays going forward, on anything from wearables, through cars, to fashion even. The whole presentation can be found at the source link, but take a look below at the handpicked slides from it, which refer to mobile displays, and marvel at what's ahead. In any case, it looks like Vivo's Xplay 3S phone might hit the market with a WQHD display first, but it won't be the only one for long. source
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