Rumored 5.8" OLED iPhone Said to Have 5.1" to 5.2" Active Display Area


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Apple is widely rumored to release its first iPhone with an OLED display next year, but reports have been conflicting about its potential screen size.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year, while Barclays analysts recently called for a 5-inch iPhone with a curved, bezel-free OLED display. Japanese website Nikkei also expects a new glass-backed 5-inch iPhone.

Now, in a new research note, Kuo said the much-rumored premium iPhone model will indeed have a 5.8-inch OLED panel, but with a smaller actual active display area of between 5.1 and 5.2 inches. Kuo said this is for "specific design purposes," which likely points towards a wraparound or curved display of some sort.
We predict OLED iPhone will be 5.1-5.2", despite various market speculation. In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8", while that from the downstream points to 5", which does not conflict, in our view. We predict OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.7-5.8" flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nonetheless, for 'specific design purposes', the actual active area may be around 5.1-5.2". Other than the OLED model, we expect Apple to launch new 4.7" and 5.5" TFT-LCD iPhone models.
Kuo reiterated the all-new OLED-based iPhone will be accompanied by new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with traditional LCD displays.

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macrumors 601
Mar 18, 2009
Ok, this is getting downright messy sounding if they truly are going to have 4.7" and 5.5" LCD display iPhones alongside an OLED display iPhone.

2017 will be 3 years since the iPhone 6 styled iPhone with 4.7 and 5.5, I'd imagine that since those launched they had been working on this supposed redesign with OLED screens.


macrumors 68000
Aug 4, 2008
5.8" screen with only 5.1-5.2 area being touch sensitive? Is this another one of those features from the same basket which contained the idea to have speaker holes at the top of the new Macbook, but actual speakers being located closer to the touchpad?


Dec 7, 2013
Maybe 5.2" size comes from the decision of having Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 with the same panel in the wake of limited OLED supplies for Apple and Apple's limited option to Samsung.
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macrumors 65816
Feb 12, 2006
So size-wise it would be almost like today's 4.7'' iPhones.
Today's 4.7 are 5.4" tall. So up-to 1/3" smaller.

Too bad for users like me though as I'm an SE small phone advocate. It'd still be too big. If this is the case they could easily replace their 3 phone sizes with 2.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 15, 2014
Kuo said Apple will indeed launch an all-new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED panel in 2017, but he said the smartphone's actual active area will be a smaller 5.1 to 5.2 inches.
So if am getting this correctly, does this mean the end of bezels as they'd be replaced with non-touch screen for non-interactive purposes?


macrumors 6502
Dec 28, 2011
I think it couldn't be more clear. Top sources said 5.8 inch OLED model because thats the actual size of the screen. Other less reliable sources are saying there's a 5.1 -5.2 inch OLED model too but KGI is explaining that's actually the same model, the active screen size is 5.1-5.2 inch and that's the reason less reliable sources are saying there's a 5.1-5.2 inch OLED model. KGI it's correct all the time so I'd trust them.
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Aug 13, 2012
Sure glad I'm out there enjoying my iPhone 7 and all it's great new features rather than hanging out waiting for this rumoured mirage ... only to have it show up as a 7s.
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macrumors regular
Oct 9, 2010
Quite a confusing explanation!
I'm not sure, but I think it indicates the shape of the screen will change. I suspect the screen may stretch to cover the top and bottom bezel, where the speaker and Home button are now. However, this area may not be "active", as in apps cannot extends down into those areas, but perhaps the OS uses the real estate somehow. The screen may also wrap a little further around the sides. Effectively bezel-less. That's how I'm reading it.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 6, 2012
WT actual F ... why say 2 words when 200 will do, and actually make things no clearer.

The OLED phone will definitely have a size associated with it, as well as a mass, if an OLED phone is actually released.

You read it here first.

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Spot on. Total poop.
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Feb 6, 2014
Rio de Janeiro
I really find it a very interesting twist. I had thought about the possibility of using a complete OLED front but with bezes included on the screen. I'm sure so-called tech experts will complain, but keeping those areas insensitive to touch but using them for - as an exampe - full screen movie - would be fantastic. And very Apple-like in its approach.