The logo of U.S. technology company Apple is seen in Zurich
The logo of U.S. technology company Apple is seen in ZurichREUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Apple's upcoming flagship smartphone, the iPhone 7, is still months away before being released, but talks about future iPhones have started. It is now reported that the Cupertino giant has struck a deal with its rival Samsung to make AMOLED panels for its future handsets.

The Wall Street Journal China Edition (via Phone Arena) has claimed citing a source out of South Korea that Apple has signed a 3-year deal with Samsung to supply OLED panels for its future iPhones. The source went on to say that Samaung has been asked to produce at least 100 million 5.5-inch AMOLED panels. 

The upcoming iPhone 7 is expected to sport a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to have a 5.5-inch screen. So, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the iPhone 7 Plus becomes the first iPhone to have an AMOLED screen. Or may be Apple will bring the feature to its 2017 flagship device, the iPhone 7s Plus or whatever name it comes with.

Reports of Apple planning to switch from LCD to OLED panel have been doing the rounds for quite a while now, and it appears to be just a matter of time before it happens. Forbes had earlier claimed in a report that the Cupertino giant was trying to strike a deal with Samsung to provide OLED screen, which is superior in quality to LCD, for its future devices. 

Meanwhile, Apple is expected to release its iPhone 7 in September. The device is expected to sport a 4.7-inch screen, measure between 6.0 and 6.5 mm in thickness, and discard Home button, antenna band and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Under the hood, it will reportedly come with an A10 chip, an iOS 10, a 2GB/3GB RAM, and a two-lens DSLR-style camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation).