The longstanding rumor that the next iPhone will pack a rich OLED screen just got more weight. Display veteran Sharp all but confirmed that the iPhone 8 will feature an advanced OLED display, and suggested that the high-tech screens might even be manufactured in the U.S.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Sharp president Tai Jeng-wu let the news slip while speaking at Taiwan's Tatung University, his alma mater.
"We don't know whether Apple's OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn't walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation," said Tai.
While Tai wouldn't specify how soon OLED might come to the iPhone, the executive stressed how big a priority the technology is for Sharp. He even hinted that the iPhone's OLED screens could be built in the states.
"If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the U.S., is it possible for us not to do so?" said Tai.
An OLED display wouldn't just mean richer colors on your iPhone. The technology allows for bendable and curved screens, such as the curved-edge displays that have shown up on Samsung's Galaxy S7 and now-retired Note 7.
Previous iPhone 8 rumors point to a device with a completely bezel-less, all glass front panel, which explains why Apple might want to utilize OLED technology to shake up the iPhone's familiar design.
An OLED screen could be one of many radical new features to surface during the iPhone's 10th anniversary next year. The phone is expected to offer some sort of augmented reality component, and may integrate a Touch ID finger scanner right into the display to eliminate the need for a home button.
That's on top of the processor and camera upgrades we've come to expect from Apple every year. September 2017 is still a ways away, but we expect to know more as the year progresses.