File photo – The new iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed at an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, USA, Sept. 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
The strengthening of the rumors that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will feature an intriguing new design, a new report from the Korea Herald relays that Apple’s upper tier iPhone 8 model will feature a curved OLED display of the control panel.
According to the report, all of the OLED panel orders Apple has placed to date are for plastic models, in contrast to glass. This is particularly noteworthy because a flexible plastic material allows the screen itself to curve ever so slightly.
Also of interest is that Apple is exploring new sensor technologies that would benefit from the wrap-around design.
“The upcoming iPhone can use the new sensing technology, which allows the phone to respond when users hit on the side of the device. But, Apple is not to adopt this technology,” the source added, without elaborating further details.
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We have also seen reports suggesting that Apple is interested in the integration foldable screens in the iPhone line-up, but the Herald reports that such a design won’t be included in the Apple 2017 iPhone line-up.
How Apple iPhone 8 line-up is shaping up, it starts to look like Apple will release three different iPhone models next year. In accordance with tradition, Apple will probably release two LCD panel iPhone 8 models in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flavors. And rounding things out is a upper-tier premium device equipped with one of the previously mentioned curved and edgeless OLED display.
At this point, as a professional Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the following on Apple’s OLED ambitions last month.
“In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8″, while that of the downstream points 5′, which are not in conflict, in our view. We predict OLED iPhone takes a 5.7-5.8″ flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nevertheless, for specific design purposes, the actual active area around 5.1-5.2″. Other than the OLED model, we expect that Apple will launch new 4.7″ and 5.5″ TFT LCD iPhone models.”
As for other iPhone 8 rumors that we have seen making their way in the pipeline, one of the more notable tidbits suggests that Apple’s next generation iPhone could feature game-changing wireless charging technology.