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Apr 12, 2001

While a few weeks remain until Apple is expected to unveil the so-called iPhone 8, widely rumored to be its first smartphone with an OLED display, the rumor mill has already turned its attention to next year.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 next to iPhone mockup by Benjamin Geskin

South Korea's ETNews, citing unnamed industry sources, claims Apple is working with Samsung Display and its other suppliers on the development of next-generation OLED displays in 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch sizes.

The report said the displays are expected to be used in new iPhone models released in 2018, although Apple's plans could change.

With a nearly 6.5 inch display, the so-called iPhone 9 would have an even larger screen than the 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8 introduced earlier this month. Meanwhile, the 5.85-inch version would likely be the same size as the iPhone 8.

With reduced bezels, the overall physical sizes of the 5.85-inch and 6.46-inch iPhones could be similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus respectively.

In May, South Korean publication The Bell reported that Apple was planning to launch new iPhones with 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch OLED displays next year, but ETNews claims development of the 5.28-inch size has been abandoned.

"This is because consumers have preferred to use a large screen, and technologies such as full-screen or bezel-less have been developed that can enlarge the display while keeping the overall size of the smartphone small," it said.

The bottom line here is a second source lending support to rumors of a 6.4-inch iPhone launching next year. It might seem early in the cycle, but iPhone 8 rumors first surfaced in March 2016, nearly a year and a half ago.

Article Link: Apple May Launch Galaxy Note 8-Sized iPhone With 6.4-Inch OLED Display Next Year
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Sep 13, 2016
My guess is 7S and 7S plus (Bezels) are gone next year and will be replaced with the near bezel less iPhone 5.85 (footprint of the 4.7-inch iPhone) and iPhone 6.46 (footprint of the 5.5-inch iPhone).
This makes perfect since and is probably the answer imo.
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macrumors 6502a
Feb 1, 2016
My guess is 7S and 7S plus (Bezels) are gone next year and will be replaced with the near bezel less iPhone 5.85 (footprint of the 4.7-inch iPhone) and iPhone 6.46 (footprint of the 5.5-inch iPhone).

If the exact size is right or not it's what any sane person would think.
Next year standard iPhone is going bezel-less and as it has 2 sizes...
The article is pretty much playing captain obvious.
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macrumors 68040
Jan 11, 2008
As per usual, the disinformation campaign has started up just before the new iPhone launch in order to sow seeds of doubt in buyers minds, so that they may delay buying this year's model.


Jun 24, 2013
Really? ‘iPhone 9’. What a mess these articles will cause next year.

It will be chaotic, but think about it this way, some people avoid newer iPhone hardware until its refined under a "S" year. First time with Face ID and OLED tech. Could have some design defects because of a first few batches. With the goal being pretty much all phones with OLED tech next year, there could be major refinements along the way.

Andres Cantu

macrumors 68040
May 31, 2015
Apple will make the 6/6s/7 Plus users want to upgrade to the 8 for the smaller size with almost the same usable screen area and then upgrade again the year after once they realize the difference will be more noticeable. Can't say it's not a smart plan...
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macrumors 68040
Oct 19, 2010
Buffalo, NY
Will only cost a kidney and two kids.

Or about $2.75/day for a year. It's the cost of a cup of coffee a day.

Imagine if the only way Starbucks worked was that you'd pay $1000 for a coffee card where you could get 1 coffee a day for a year.

It doesn't work that way, neither does buying a phone. Most people pay in installments, so the price is not that high all at once.
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