AWT News Update: November 25, 2015

A slow pre-Thanksgiving Apple news day, but there are still some nuggets of info to pass your way:

  • Apple may be planning a switch to OLEDs for the iPhone in 2018
  • Leo's Fortune makes the jump to Mac
  • JCET gets an order to assemble SiPs for Apple in 2016
  • Thank you for being a listener of the AWT News Update Podcast!

The text version of the news update is below, and video can be viewed here

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a very short AWT News Update for November 25, 2015. 

Japan’s Nikkei reported today that Apple is planning on a major switch on iPhones to organic LED displays, commonly known as OLEDs, in 2018. According to Nikkei, LG Display has been notified of the upcoming change and is ramping up capacity to meet the demand from Apple. At this time, the only Apple product that uses an OLED screen is the Apple Watch, and LG Display is the sole source for the displays. OLED panels have the advantage of being flexible, having superior visual quality to existing LCD displays, and use much less power. However, some functions can deteriorate over time, and Apple is reportedly talking to both suppliers and the makers of manufacturing equipment to eliminate those issues. 

Gamers, you may like this news. Leo’s Fortune, a platforming adventure game that first launched on the iPhone and iPad, is now available on the Mac. In the game, the little green fuzzball Leo tries to recover stolen gold. To help Leo, you have to pass through new environments, solve physics-based puzzles, and then uncover the truth behind Leo’s stolen fortune. The original iOS game was a 2014 Apple Design Award winner, and the new Mac version is available on the Mac App Store for just $6.99.

JCET is the acronym for China’s Jiangsu Changing Electronics Technology, a company that creates and assembles system-in-package of SiP modules. The company has just won orders to assemble SiP models for Apple in 2016. JCET is China’s biggest semiconductor packaging and test services firm, so Apple may be anticipating significant demand for products that use SiP technology. One current example of SiP design is the S1 processor used in the Apple Watch, which packages a huge number of components into a small enough space to be comfortably worn on a wrist computer. Whether JCET will be making SiPs for a second-generation Apple Watch is unknown. 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and both Dennis Sellers and myself want to give our thanks to you, the people who are making Apple World Today possible through your support. We wish you and your family and friends a very happy Thanksgiving. 

I’ll be back Friday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.