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Judging by early reportings on Apple’s 2019 iPhones, fans who are expecting a wholly redesigned model might be sorely disappointed. The upcoming smartphones are likely to mirror the design of iPhone XS and XS Max, and by virtue, 2017’s iPhone X.

All hope isn’t lost, though—at least one of Apple’s 2019 smartphones is expected to be lighter and thinner than its current offerings… and it’s perhaps all thanks to rival Samsung, which is responsible for the OLED displays in iPhones X, XS and XS Max.

A recent report by South Korean tech news site ETnews reveals that Apple and Samsung might have just struck a deal to build Samsung’s Y-OCTA screens into Apple’s 2019 iPhones.

At present, iPhones come with thin touch panels atop their OLED (for iPhones X, XS, and XS Max) and LCD (for iPhones XR and older models) screens. Samsung’s ‘Youm On-Cell Touch AMOLED’ (Y-OCTA) technology merges the touch sensor into the display panels, taking away the need for an extra layer on your phone.

The removal of the touch panel layer means that future iPhones would be slimmer and lighter. Better yet, Samsung’s variation is said to be less expensive to manufacture.

ETnews further details that Samsung purportedly enhanced its Y-OCTA panels so that the touch screens would be more sensitive; it was this tweak that enticed Apple into adopting its competitor’s new displays.

Samsung’s involvement with Apple might come as a surprise for many, since the South Korean giant is known for its incessant roasts of the iPhone. However, it’s been the exclusive supplier of Apple’s OLED displays, and is projected to have profited more from iPhone X sales than from its own smartphones.

[via Cult of Mac, cover image via Framesira /]

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