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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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.

    Article Link: OLED iPhone 8 to Feature Curved Display and New Touch-Sensitive Technology
  2. deadlystriker macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2011
  3. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    Edge to edge glass with no bezel or home button would be awesome.
  4. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Samsung doesn't need insider information to copy Apple's upcoming phone designs since Apple hands it to them.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If true, I personally don't care for the curved display. But OLED would be much welcomed.
  6. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    Doubt we see a redesign in 2017. All this will get "delayed" as usual. Expect an iphone 7S.
  7. iHack13, Dec 18, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2016

    iHack13 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2009
    city of octoberfest
    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)
  8. alvesik macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2016
    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.
  9. Sunny1990, Dec 18, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2016

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Make no mistake: this is Apple blatantly following Samsung,but that’s no bad thing. If something’s a good idea or looks good then it’s fair game
  10. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    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?
  11. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    But, will it be thin enough? The are just ll too thick now.

  12. ColdShadow macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2013
  13. alvesik macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2016
    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.
  14. Berti10 macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2012
    Neither liking OLED or Curved-Displays. But I'll buy it anyway..
  15. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  16. rudychidiac Suspended


    May 2, 2012
    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
  17. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    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.
  18. CausticSoda macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2014
    Abu Dhabi
  19. alvesik macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2016
    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.
  20. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Still holding out hope for a ~4.7 inch screen packed into an iPhone 5 size body :)
  21. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    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...
  22. nikon1 macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2014
    Somewhere In South Jersey
    I'm with you -- Waiting for my wallet to get even thinner than the iPhone 7Plus that continues to impress me.

    While Samsung may be producing the OLED display, thankfully, Apple will be designing the rest of the phone.
  23. xflashx macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2016
    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.
  24. GadgetBen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2015
    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.
  25. breather macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2011
    It looks like the iPhone 8 will have everything.
    I wanna know if it can fetch my coffe.

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