Larger 5.8-Inch OLED iPhone Screen Could Allow for Wraparound Display [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A DigiTimes rumor shared this morning pointed towards the possibility of a future 5.8-inch display in an iPhone, a significant size increase over the existing 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 6s Plus.

    Rumor sites have expressed some skepticism over the idea of a 5.8-inch iPhone, but when looking at Apple's rumored work on flexible OLED displays and patents the company has filed, there is at least one plausible explanation for a 5.8-inch display -- it wraps around the sides of the device.

    DisplayMate's Ray Soneira speculates that Apple could be planning to implement "folded edge side screens" on a future iOS device using a flexible OLED display. Such a display would fully eliminate side bezels on the iPhone and would also perhaps implement special buttons or gestures that could be used to control functions on the iPhone using the sides of the device.

    Samsung offers phones that have a distinctly curved display with a side bar and its most recent device in that vein is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The S7 Edge curves downward at one side, providing users with a toolbar of apps. Soneira believes Apple's implementation wouldn't mimic Samsung's, perhaps using square sides as outlined in a 2011 patent.


    The patent outlines an edge display that's an extension of the main front display, offering virtual buttons, virtual switches, or informational displays that supplement the main display. It consists of a touch-sensitive layer underneath a flexible display layer and in the patent, virtual side buttons have purposes like adjusting volume, or snapping a photo.


    In a second patent, Apple has outlined multiple possible shapes for an iPhone that would have a wraparound display, ranging from squared off to cylindrical, suggesting there are many possible directions Apple could go in should it decide to implement wraparound features like these.


    Multiple rumors have suggested Apple is working on flexible OLED displays for future devices, with the goal of debuting the first OLED iPhones in 2017 or 2018. In addition to enabling features like dramatic curves, flexible OLED display panels have other benefits, as outlined by Soneira in a recent display shootout covering the Galaxy S7. OLED displays are thinner, lighter, offer better viewing angles, and have the potential to be used with a much smaller bezel.

    OLED displays also offer better color accuracy, image contrast, and screen uniformity, and Soneira believes in the near future, OLED products will be foldable and flexible for applications described in Apple's patents.
    Apple's patents are not typically a useful way to predict the features we'll see in future products, but they do offer a look at the technologies and ideas Apple is exploring. Combined with the rumors that Apple has an intense interest in developing a flexible OLED display for future iOS devices, we can speculate that Apple is at least considering wraparound displays as a future iPhone feature, and today's 5.8-inch iPhone rumor is perhaps one more clue hinting at Apple's OLED plans.

    According to Ray Soneira, side screens would be an ideal way for Apple to continue to iterate on future iPhones. "If Apple wants to be leading display innovation with a new OLED iPhone the side screens would really be the best way to do so," he said.

    Update: When applied to the height of an existing 5.5-inch iPhone, a 5.8-inch display like the one Apple is rumored to be working on would leave an extra 7.25mm of display on each side that could be used to wrap around the edges of the device. This would extend the display across the front and sides of the iPhone, perhaps enabling side-based gestures and buttons.


    We don't know what shape an iPhone with side bars could take, but the rumored 5.8-inch size of the display is about right to add side panels to current-generation iPhones.

    Article Link: Larger 5.8-Inch OLED iPhone Screen Could Allow for Wraparound Display [Updated]
  2. LouieTheLug macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2013
    I do not like Samsungs curved display.... Hopefully Apple has some different idea of ther own
  3. b0nd18t macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2012
    Lol really running with this completely speculative made up story
  4. andreiru macrumors 6502


    Apr 18, 2008
    Kurgan, RF
  5. thasan macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    Not a big fan of wraparound display. Another weak point in the structure for cracks. Also, don't see the point in how it could be useful.
    Hope apple don't copies Samsung and instead, come up some innovative solution.
  6. orev macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    Curved/wraparound displays are a gimmick and have no place in an Apple product.
  7. rudychidiac macrumors regular


    May 2, 2012
    Now we're copying Samsung and it's fine! Anyway, let's wait and see
  8. applepuree macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2014
    So what advantage does a wrap around display have ?
  9. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    You mean speculation?
  10. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  11. H2SO4 macrumors 68030

    Nov 4, 2008
    They’ll make it concave and all the fanboys will love it.
  12. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
  13. Cuban Missles macrumors 68040

    Cuban Missles

    There is no way we will see wrap around and side buttons IMHO. That was fine on the 4 or maybe the 5, but as the iphone gets thinner, there really is no side to the phone. Unless they change the form altogether like the cylinder depicted in the picture, but I don't see that happening either.
  14. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    So - wrap around screens are VERY sexy looking. However when I had to decide between the Note 5 and the S6 Edge - I chose the Note. First - the S6 Edge didn't feel right in my hand because the curve was counter-intuitive to what I was used to. Also - I felt that a stylus and features of the Note outweighed the usefulness of some tickers/side display features. But it does make for a slick looking phone.
  15. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Are you guys setting up us for a disappointed iPhone 7 this year? All of these rumors are about 2017/2018...
  16. torana355 macrumors 68000

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    A larger screen size in a much smaller form factor. The S7 Edge is a perfect example.
  17. DaveWotzit, Mar 8, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

    DaveWotzit macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2014
    From the UK the Isle of winning at sports *NOT*
    I don't really see the point of wrap around screens. Won't there be more chance of smashing the screen when you drop it??
  18. Gaprofitt macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2009
    Just get the S7 Edge, faster, wireless charging, micro SD storage, better battery life. Why wait on a ripoff?
  19. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    I want it to look like a ding dong. The screen can be the chocolate outside with the battery.....

    jeez I need to go get me one now.
  20. harley3k macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2008
  21. Boosf macrumors member


    Jun 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Just leave the screens flat as god intended.....and the same goes for TV screens. None of that curved crap. Jeez......
  22. MBadagliacco macrumors newbie


    Mar 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Personally, I think if they used the side displays as a way to replace the physical volume buttons, it could be very cool. Also, the fact you could see alerts when the device is face down could be useful.

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