All of iPhone 8’s OLED version will be curved, sources say

“All of Apple’s iPhone 8 OLED versions will be curved, sources said Sunday, amid growing speculations over the design of the US tech giant’s upcoming flagship smartphones,” Shin Ji-hye reports for The Korea Herald. “‘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. ”

“Plastic OLED has been used for curved panels for devices like the Galaxy S7 Edge, while glass OLED is typically used for flat panels,” Shin reports. “‘The upcoming iPhone may use new sensing technology, which enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device. But, Apple may not adopt this technology,’ the source added, without elaborating further on details.”

“Although Apple has to entirely rely on Samsung for its OLED panels next year, the iPhone maker is expected to gradually reduce reliance as it moves to prevent leaks of information to its head-to-head smartphone rival,” Shin reports. “According to recent news reports, LG Display — Apple’s longtime LCD supplier — is currently working with Apple and Google to develop foldable panels for outward-folding smartphones. It reportedly aims to provide the foldable panels to Apple, Google and Microsoft in 2018.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Thanks to our extremely enjoyable 256GB Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus units, we actually can wait a bit for next year’s flagship iPhone, but just barely.

Apple had better price the OLED “iPhone Pro” appropriately because the demand is going to jump to a new level.

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  1. Can’t see plastic screen in an iPhone, did I read that right?
    If that’s what it takes to have a curved display, please wait Apple. Now, if the phone was curved similarly on both the front and back with glass on both sides . . . and had the seamless sense of style of the jet black 7 . . . that’d be the type of quality we come to expect and would provide some exciting new form befitting the “10 year” model. I’d also like to see the home button go away as the 7 clearly shows you don’t need a real button to have the feel of one. Edge to edge display also . . . in reality, these things are not going to add a great deal of functionality but so long as they have exciting form and don’t harm functionality, I’d be up for a new design.

  2. All of iPhone 8’s OLED version may be curved BUT, not all next year’s iPhones will be version 8. Some will still be called iPhone 7S and 7S Plus and will have the same LCD display.

  3. “If that’s what it takes to have a curved display, please wait Apple”.

    Haha, removing something useful like a headphone jack just to replace it with a larger Taptic Engine required for a new non mechanical home button that absolutely sucks in colder climates is a-ok, but removing something like easily broken glass and replacing with a plastic screen that is extremely more durable and will have the same display qualities is oh sad bad, oh please apple, PLEASE wait, I want to keep over paying for an easily cracked or broken screen, might as well put glass on the back again. Give me agaoodamn break already.

    1. Curved screen excitement…hmm. If it ain’t a better screen than others already out on the market, why is it getting headlines? OLED, I get, but a little puzzled why a curved screen–that’s plastic–is to provide better performance/experience?

  4. is it really necessary? It’s a flat rectangle object, there is only so much you can do. How is a cover supposed to wrap around it without loosing a millimeter of screen edge?
    I guess if Apple get into the car market they will have spherical wheels? You know, for side ways parking. Just because they can.

  5. Before I damn this project, please tell me some benefits of having a curved plastic display on an iPhone. I totally don’t get it.

    Samsung has so far failed IMHO to prove any point in curved screens, from TVs to smartphones. Gee Whiz tech.

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