Kuo: Apple Watch Series 5 Lineup to Launch in Fall With OLED Displays Supplied by Japan Display

Japan Display will supply OLED displays for new Apple Watch Series 5 models slated to launch in the second half of 2019, according to the latest prediction from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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In a research note with TF International Securities shared with Chinese media outlets today, Kuo forecasted that Japan Display will gradually increase its proportion of OLED display orders for the Apple Watch, starting with 15-20 percent of orders in 2019 and reaching 70-80 percent in 2021.

Kuo believes that Apple will also gradually increase the proportion of LG's supply of OLED displays for iPhones, and tap Chinese manufacturer BOE as an additional supplier, in a bid to diversify its supply chain.

Apple Watch Series 5 models will likely be unveiled next month alongside a trio of new iPhones. This would hardly be a surprise, as Series 1 through Series 4 models all launched in September, but specific rumors about Series 5 models have actually been relatively quiet, so this is nice reassurance.

For example, Kuo previously said a "new ceramic casing design" would be "added" to the Apple Watch lineup, but he did not explicitly mention Series 5 models. Reuters also reported that Japan Display would begin supplying OLED displays for the Apple Watch, but likewise did not specify Series 5 models.

Looking farther ahead, rumors suggest that Apple Watch Series 6 models will adopt MicroLED displays in 2020.

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Top Rated Comments

blcamp Avatar
59 months ago
Beyond a ceramic case, what else would there be to merit a Series 5 release? More storage? A processor bump? The Series 4 seems to already hit the sweet spot.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LoveToMacRumors Avatar
59 months ago
Apple watch 1 day:

Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RevTEG Avatar
59 months ago
I wish Apple would allow me to connect an Apple Watch to an iPad. My 9 year old daughter would love an Apple Watch. It would be great for her b3cause of some heath concerns and activity monitoring. Plus all the cool factors. She doesn’t have a phone yet but she does have an iPad with unlimited data. If I could connect a watch to her iPad, well that would be great. I could pass down a watch to her.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yaxomoxay Avatar
59 months ago
Foldable display or nothing!
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C7 POWER Avatar
59 months ago
I honestly see no reason to upgrade my Apple Watch annually. I have the Series 4 Currently. But I had the First Gen, then then Series 2, and now the 4. so I will wait till at least the S6 next year.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
59 months ago
Apple Watch Series 5 looks to be a very minor upgrade (CPU and other incremental upgrades), which means... new color(s) and bands.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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