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OLED displays are gradually becoming the new benchmark for premium mobile devices. There are possibilities that the technology will eventually replace LCDs in most cases. The new iPhones and iPads to be launched in 2016 may have OLED displays.

Apple has always used LCD panels for all its iPhones and iPads. Earlier this year, the company has started using OLED displays for the first time for Apple Watch.

IHS Technology Research Director Kevin Wang recently revealed in a post on Weibo that Apple is experimenting on using OLED panels for its 2016 iPhone and iPad models, reports Phone Arena. Meanwhile, the overwhelming popularity of OLED displays prompted numerous suppliers to increase focus on their OLED production capacity.

Currently, Samsung is the market leader in mobile AMOLED displays. However, Wang has indicated that Apple would likely not go for Samsung Super AMOLED panels for its products. According to GizmoChina, Xiaomi is ready to use AMOLED panel on its smartphones. The upcoming high-end flagship devices from the company might use AMOLED displays instead of IPS LCD panels which would make space for LG, the other AMOLED panel maker. LG already makes display panels for the iPhone 6 and can be considered as one of the contenders. The OLED display panels for Apple Watch are also mostly supplied by LG.

According to a report dating back in April on G for Games, Apple is said to equip next-gen iPads with OLED panels from JOLED, Japan OLED. JOLED was founded in August 2014 by Japan Display, Panasonic and Sony. The report confirms from sources that JOLED will begin mass production especially for Apple by the end of 2016.

Wang further mentioned that Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is also expected to introduce AMOLED displays on its devices. There are speculations that the upcoming Huawei Nexus phablet might integrate a Samsung-made AMOLED display.

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