5.8-Inch iPhone Affirmed to Have Mostly Flat Display With Slightly Curved Edges

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's widely rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display will be flat across the front of the smartphone, and slightly curved along the left and right edges to conform with the layer of 2.5D glass that covers the display, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

    "iPhone X" concept with 2.5D display by designer Gabor Balogh

    Yesterday, a report claimed the high-end iPhone will have a curved display, but with gentler curves than Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge. MacRumors has confirmed the report refers to a display that is slightly curved at the edges below 2.5D cover glass, meaning the display itself cannot be dramatically curved.

    This means the report essentially mirrors comments from IHS Markit, which last week told us that Apple will likely "adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design," but "mostly flat" is perhaps a better descriptor.

    Yesterday's report said the slightly curved edges will make the iPhone sleeker, but it claimed the new design will not offer significant new functions. But a slightly expanded Multi-Touch area could result in improved gesture recognition along the edges, such as pulling up Control Center in landscape mode.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Chinese research firm TrendForce have also said they expect Apple's special edition iPhone to have 2.5D cover glass, which refers to the slightly curved glass that sits above the actual display. Apple has used 2.5D cover glass since the iPhone 6 lineup in 2014.

    Kuo said Apple is unlikely to adopt a fully curved display with 3D glass this year in light of mass production challenges and inadequate drop test performance. Some reports have surprisingly claimed the "iPhone 8" is not even finalized yet due to these yield rate considerations, suggesting stock could be limited at launch.


    Apple has been testing multiple iPhone prototypes this year as usual, including one with a more dramatically curved display, but at this point it has elected to use a mostly flat display with only slightly curved edges, based on a flexible substrate, according to sources within Apple's supply chain.

    The benefit of the edge-to-edge design is that it will essentially allow for an iPhone 7 Plus sized display to fit on a device that is iPhone 7 sized, which is beneficial for all sorts of reasons, such as one-handed usage and pocketability. OLED displays have many benefits over LCDs, which current iPhones use, too.

    The 5.8-inch display is expected to have a primary area of around 5.2 inches, while Kuo expects some of the remaining space to house virtual buttons.

    Article Link: 5.8-Inch iPhone Affirmed to Have Mostly Flat Display With Slightly Curved Edges
  2. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    I can confirm that it will also have a camera and be the newest iPhone.
  3. Mathias Denichi macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

    Jun 21, 2013
    First iPhone where the new feature is how round or not round the screen is.
  4. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
  5. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I don't care about curved (or not curved for that matter). I would just love for the entire face of the phone to be one giant screen.
  6. mac_in_tosh macrumors regular


    Nov 6, 2016
    What have we come to when such triviality - whether something is slightly rounded or not - has seemed to achieve such importance?
  7. funman895 macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2008
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Dear jesus, every day a new rumor about what amount of curvature the glass will have. o_O
  8. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    People who love curved glass also must love extra reflections because that's the reality.
  9. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
  10. Adithya007, Mar 16, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2017

    Adithya007 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    Monday: Flat Ďisplay
    Tuesday: Curved
    Wednesday: Flat again
    Thursday: Slightly Curved
    Friday: Slightly Flat?
  11. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    that describes flat and chamfered.
    not curved.
    I don't think I care for curved anyway, but let's avoid alternative facts here.
  12. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Well there is "affirmed" and then there is "confirmed".
    Big DIFF!
  13. Jyby macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2011
    Im confused, because the iPhone 6 and up already have curved glass...

    The real news is that the display is curved into the glass.
  14. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007

    Source???? :)
  15. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    The iPhone doesn't really need a drastic overhaul as much as iOS does. I've been saying for years that Apple needs to buy the jailbreak community and incorporate it into iOS.
  16. Narrator Jack macrumors member

    Narrator Jack

    May 14, 2013
  17. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    Friday: New 2.75D glass
  18. foxconn Suspended

    Sep 6, 2016
    anyone else losing interest in this website? macrumors articles aren't what they used to be, and this forum has gone way down hill too.
  19. recoil80 macrumors 68000

    Jul 16, 2014
    To be honest all I care about is getting rid of the bezel. I'm not a fan of curved glass, tried on a Samsung and didn't fall in love with it.
    I'd like OLED, but I wouldn't say no to an LDC as long as they reduce the bezels.
  20. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Weird how Samsung and apple are going to introduce this same new feature. The leaked images of the Samsung S8 are exactly what the rumors of what the apple phone will look like.
  21. fyun89 macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2014
    I think curved screen is the only "true bezel-less" display we can currently make. But I dont like Samsung's method. I wish it would go all the way around. It will become useful then.
  22. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Looks more like 2.5D glass edge instead of curved glass.
  23. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Then I would think you do actually care if the glass is curved or not curved because the less curved it is the more usable (main) screen you have. As the glass curve increases at the edge so does text and graphic distortion. So less curve is better for a uniform edge-to-edge view.
  24. MistrSynistr macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2014
    lol. it's macRUMORS. These types of posts have been going on since it's creation.

    It's not the articles, it's the negativity you're tired of. Unfortunately, Apple and Cook have a BIG hand in that now.
  25. eec091 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2017
    I do hope tomorrow it gets confirmed as being slightly flat. That would complete the set.

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