We all know that with the launch of the iPhone 8 next year, Apple will also be marking the 10th anniversary of its iPhones. Naturally, fans, critics and everybody else is expecting something big with the 2018 iPhone. While, the rumors and speculations already have the mercury rising, the latest leak around the next iPhone has definitely made things a lot more exciting. Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
According to a report by The Korea Herald, all of the OLED variants of the iPhone 8 (which as of now we know would be just one of the three variants), will feature a curved display. The OLED versions of the new iPhone will all have curved screens as Apple ordered only 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 publication. Also Read - iPhone SE gets cheaper on Flipkart only for today: Get over Rs 11,000 flat discount
It is worth pointing out here that plastic OLED has been used for curved panels for devices like the Galaxy S7 Edge, while glass OLED is typically used for flat panels. ALSO READ: LG Display partners Apple, Google and Microsoft to build foldable display panels
However, if you have ever used a Galaxy S7 Edge, you would also be aware that, while the edge display of the smartphone is amazing, it is annoying at the same time. (Read the accident touches on the display). Though the report by The Korea Herald does give a confusing information about that. It says that Apple is, in fact, working on combating this issue, but it may not actually use the technology in the new device. 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.
Like it has been revealed earlier, one variant of the iPhone 8 would feature an OLED display, which according would reportedly be curved as well. Other two variants panels will be flat versions using LCDs from LG Display and JDI. ALSO READ: Apple finally starts shipping AirPods to customers
However, it is important that we recall the recent reports, which suggested that it will be difficult to bring the OLED variant onto the anniversary edition iPhone as there will still be a limited supply of such panels in the coming year.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, three iPhone models are expected to be released in 2017. However, based on a report on the Wall Street Journal, supply of the new OLED displays for iPhones will be scarce and the demand could only be met in the year that follows. This comes after earlier speculations about the OLED display being limited to only one of the three variants.
The Korea Herald report also suggests that Samsung Display s curved OLED capacity for Apple is estimated at around 70 million to 100 million units. This is less than half of Apple s annual sales of the iPhone series, which stand at around 200 million units a year. ALSO READ: Apple could be working on a Samsung Galaxy Note killer with a stylus toting iPhone
According to a Bloomberg report, as there are just a handful of suppliers that manufacture components like OLED displays, they may not have enough production capacity to make screens for the new iPhones next year, with constraints potentially continuing into 2018.