Apple's 2017 iPhone May Feature Dual-Curve OLED Display

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    Though the 2017 iPhone is more than a year away from launching, we're already hearing non-stop rumors about the device due to the major design changes Apple is expected to introduce. The latest rumor, coming from IHS analyst Kevin Wang, suggests the 2017 iPhone will include a dual-curve OLED display that covers the left and right edges of the device.

    On Chinese social networking site Weibo (via PhoneArena), Wang said Apple will release a device with sloping edges similar to the Vivo XPlay 5 or the Galaxy S7 Edge.

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    Apple is already rumored to be using flexible OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, which will be necessary for any kind of dramatically curved display. It is not clear from Wang's statement how far the display will extend to the edges of the device and whether it will be a subtle curve for design purposes or a functional wraparound display as Samsung uses in its Galaxy Edge devices. The Galaxy Edge's wraparound display features side buttons and alerts accessible when the phone is face down.

    Wang does not offer details on where he is sourcing his information from, but it is presumably coming from the Asian supply chain and Apple's myriad manufacturing partners. Supply chain information can be difficult to interpret at times and Wang does not have a well-known track record, but he has shared some semi-accurate information on the release of the iPhone SE. Earlier this week, Wang said the iPhone 7 will have 32GB as minimum storage tier.

    Apple has reportedly secured 5.8-inch OLED displays from Samsung, and a previous analyst prediction has suggested that a display of that size could perhaps be used to wrap around the edges of a 5.5-inch iPhone, speculation that agrees with Wang's prediction.

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    Other rumors about the 2017 iPhone, which may be called the "iPhone 8" instead of the traditional "iPhone 7s" because of the changes expected, include an edge-to-edge bezel-free display with built-in Touch ID functionality, no home button, and a glass body.

    An edge-to-edge display that extends upwards towards the top and bottom of the device, as has been rumored, does not seem to mesh with rumors of a wraparound display, leaving a lot of questions about the actual display we'll see in the 2017 iPhone. As the 2017 launch date creeps closer, we'll undoubtedly learn more about the device, giving us a clearer picture of the changes Apple is implementing.

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  2. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a

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    R.I.P 2016 iPhone lol

    Edit - Seems so gimmicky, much rather prefer eliminating the top and bottom bezels.
     
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    I've been waiting since late 2014 for iPhone 7 though!
     
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    good thing Apple/carriers have that yearly upgrade program
     
  7. Col4bin macrumors 68000

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    Vivo X Play, shame on your copycat Samsung Galaxy Edge design! (Wonder how Samesung likes it?)

    Apple, please don't also copy that barf of a phone design.
     
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    first an MBP with only 4 ports and now this rehashed copied BS? I hope not.
     
  9. cowtownapple macrumors newbie

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    honest question: how do you design a protective case for this phone? I drop my phone. It's a fact of life.
    I want edge to edge and welcome this design change, but...
     
  10. igneousc macrumors regular

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    ugh no thanks. While the edge kind of looks cool, it does absolutely nothing to make the phone better
     
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  13. igneousc macrumors regular

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    look at the drop reports for the samsung edge phones, they do horribly compared to the iphone and HTC phones.
     
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    I don't buy this rumor at all. I think some supplier/company just wants some stock price movement. I agree with above, seems gimmicky. I don't see a use for it.
     
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    I vomited in my mouth and swallowed it down. Thanks, Jony.
     
  16. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

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    Guess I'll hold on to my 6+ for a bit longer. Man this iPhone 7 is going to suck...
     
  17. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

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    Great, so I won't be able to hit the side of the screen while its in the case just like that crappy one Samsung makes lol...

    #Innovation
     
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    WAY TO BE AHEAD OF THE "CURVE" APPLE!!!!!!!!

    #FAIL!
     
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    As a DIY kit?
     
  20. applezulu macrumors 6502

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    The rolled-off edges as shown in the picture of the Vivo create reflections and distortions of the image along the edge of the screen. It also seems likely to increase the incidence of damage from bumps and drops. I don't think this is likely to be adopted by Apple.
     
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    Apple is all about added functionality through design.

    What functionality can the curved edges provide that will actually be useful?

    Apple doesn't do gimmicks, and I don't think they would add on manufacturing costs just to create a "better looking" phone without justifying it with some practical functionality.
     
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    Revised it, probably a better way of wording it. ;) Honestly, though, it's not like curved screens are new tech or anything; who knows where the competition will be at in 2017?
     

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