I've long anticipated that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) would
Apple's latest iPhone 7 lineup, IMAGE SOURCE: APPLE, INC.
Perspective is in order
Around this time last year, multiple industry sources had already suggested that Apple was set to
In a recent note to clients, however, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Chris Hemmelgarn cited supply-chain sources as stating that -- with the caveat that its designs aren't finalized -- Apple is set to reveal three new iPhones in 2017 for the iconic smartphone's 10-year anniversary. While the two smaller iPhones will probably stick to LCDs because of the aforementioned supply constraints, the largest Plus model will boast a 5.8-inch OLED display, allowing Apple to bend the display at its edges to create a curved, bezel-free design.
Of course, a curved-edge iPhone isn't entirely surprising, considering Samsung has already revealed a similar feature with the OLED displays on its Galaxy Edge-series smartphones. Incidentally, Barclays also stated that the majority of these early iPhone OLED display panels will be provided by Samsung Display and LG Display, which together represent the two largest clients of another one of my personal favorite investments, OLED technologist Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: OLED). This also corroborates reports detailing that such a
For what it's worth, however, this isn't the first report suggesting that Apple will start with a single OLED iPhone next year. A few months ago, Universal Display shares
In any case, to have that assertion echoed by Barclays' comments this month serves as badly needed affirmation for skeptical investors.
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All things considered, I'll reiterate my assertion that buying shares of Universal Display is the single best way to take advantage of Apple's transition to OLED.
For one thing, the reported Apple/Samsung supply agreement was rumored to last at least three years, indicating that Apple is invested in Universal Display's flagship OLED technology for the long haul.
What's more, during Universal Display's most recent quarterly conference call earlier this month, CFO Sidney Rosenblatt made it clear that the company is
That's not to mention the prospect for Universal Display's OLED technology to continue to proliferate not only in smartphones, but also in tablets, televisions, and (over the longer term) differentiated
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