OLED iPhone 8 to Feature Curved Display and New Touch-Sensitive Technology

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Apple's high-end OLED iPhone 8 will use a curved display rather than a flat panel and could potentially feature new touch-sensitive technology, according to a report published on Sunday.

Multiple sources have claimed Apple is planning a 5.5-inch "premium" version of its 2017 iPhone with an OLED screen alongside new models with traditional LCD displays, but today's report underlines Apple's intention to use a curved screen similar to that found in Samsung's Galaxy S7, which has been described as having the best smartphone display on the market.


"The OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED -- not glass -- from Samsung Display. Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple," a source familiar with the matter told The Korea Herald.
Previous rumors outlining Apple's intention to launch multiple iPhone models have been dogged by suggestions that it could delay adoption of OLED technology entirely due to supply constraints. Samsung is Apple's sole supplier of OLED displays in 2017, with LG and Sharp among the companies tapped to ramp up production for 2018, but the latest report indicates that limited supply may indeed shape differentiation in next year's 10th anniversary iPhone line-up.

According to the Herald, Samsung's curved OLED capacity for Apple is estimated at around 70 million to 100 million units. That's in line with previous estimates, but it's less than half of Apple's annual sales of the iPhone series, which stand at around 200 million units a year.

The paper's source goes on to state that next year's iPhone won't be foldable, but in order to set it apart from Samsung's phones it could feature new sensing technology which "enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device". No further details are forthcoming, but the source notes that Apple may ultimately choose not to adopt the technology.

Other rumors suggest Apple's major iPhone redesign could include wireless charging and a glass body, no physical Home button, and an edge-to-edge, bezel-free display with embedded Touch ID fingerprint sensor and camera.

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iHack13

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Samsung take a note. You have to wait with copying , so nobody notices.

edit: lol. Some people couldnt see the humor. Let's explain the joke(worst thing when you have to explain it , making it unfunny)

It means Apple copies Samsung this time and nobody notices because it took them long to make this decision, unlike Samsung who copies immediately. Samsung is the leader on mobile OLED Displays and they even have curved models like their edge models, since November 2014 (Note Edge).

Since its release they keep improving the curved desgin and its functionality with apps and notification bars (I personally like the Knight rider one, when your phone is layed down on the table with face down).

So I am saying again. Samsung, if you copy you have to do it Apple's way (although Apple prefers to steal , since they are great artists / quote: Steve jobs)
 
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Disclaimer: I own a 2016 mbp with the touch bar and think it's amazing.

But I'm pretty worried about the iPhone anniversary. It seems like Apple is throwing a shot in the dark and seeing what sticks.
You own a MBP with touch bar and think that they are awesome, yet you don't think this iPhone spec (if true) will be awesome??!

Is the iPhone 8 missing a touch bar?
 

alvesik

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that will be a huge upgrade from aging chunky bezels
I like the idea of an all glass iPhone as much as the next person. But I do think getting rid of them is a slippery slope.

For example I think the xps is ugly as hell when looking at the screen and that camera positioning is terrible. I would pick the mbp Bezels any day. Currently, the iPhone bezels don't bother me but when I see an iPhone 4, it makes me sad.
I hope Apple can find a reasonable compromise.
 
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alvesik

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You own a MBP with touch bar and think that they are awesome, yet you don't think this iPhone spec (if true) will be awesome??!

Is the iPhone 8 missing a touch bar?
Yeah the touch bar is pretty gimmicky and I could live without it, but I wouldn't want to live without, and I think i will only grow to appreciate it more.

If I wanted a curved display, I would have one by now.
 

Mr Fusion

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I don't like the idea of limiting new features and inventions to an even higher end iPhone... They should be available to all iPhone models. We don't need a 4th remodel of the iPhone 6 next year
This is Apple's solution to people holding onto their products for what they deem "too long." By naming something "Pro" they can mark up the price for no good reason, and let's face it... If you're gonna buy, you GOTTA have the latest and greatest. Those other models will barely sell at all.

After the ceramic Apple Watch was introduced, I was really hoping to see that make its way to iPhone. Oh well, maybe in a few years time...
 
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Am I the only one who is worried about the upcoming fragmentation? They say it's a Premium iPhone. I thought we already have premium with premium prices? I have no doubt that this version will cost at least 1000$ which will be a ridiculous price.

Sad to see ongoing fragmentation of their products.
 

GadgetBen

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Considering they removed the home button and replaced it with a fake, I guess the next "logical" step is removing the volume and mute buttons. You know, to make room for the all-important touchable sides and stuff.
The home button is being integrated with touch screen technology not replaced with a 'fake'. This year's model is a step closer.

Removing the switches and buttons IS logical. It will improve the water resistance. We might see this phone advertised as being able to capture photos under water.