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Apple iPhone 8 variant could feature a 5.8-inch wrap-around OLED display: Report

The smartphone could feature all sensors embedded beneath its display for a seamless edge-to-edge front panel.

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It s not exactly a revelation that one of the Apple iPhone 8 variants will feature a curved OLED display as we have been coming across this piece of information for a while now. The latest report tips at “feature-rich launch” for no less than three new iPhone models in late 2017, and one of the three could be called “iPhone X.” Also Read - Twitter hits 211 mn daily users, defies Apple privacy changes

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The report comes from Apple Insider, and citing supply chain sources definitely lend some weight to the speculation. Like previously rumored, the report suggests that the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will feature a flexible OLED display, which will spill on to the side edges of the device. Additionally, with the wraparound display in place, the sensors like proximity, light and other sensors, as well as the finger scanner, will be embedded under the OLED display, allowing for a seamless edge-to-edge front panel. Apple could also add some form of facial and gesture recognition to the “iPhone X” powered by a laser sensor, an infrared sensor near the front-facing camera, and wireless charging, the report states. Also Read - Apple delays MacBook Pro, AirPods 3rd gen shipments to October 29, but why?

In addition to the 5.8-inch OLED model with a “wraparound” screen design, the report also hints at Apple releasing a new 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus handsets, which will serve as upgrades to the existing iPhone 7 devices. Now, while we knew all this while that Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 8 with OLED display and the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will come with LCD displays, the report suggests a new twist in the story. There is still a chance, for Apple to use OLED panels in all three models, provided that Samsung and other smaller OLED screen makers, are able to churn out the goods with enough volume and quality to satisfy a massive launch like that of the 2017 iPhones.

However, late last year there were reports advocating that there are just a handful of suppliers that manufacture components like OLED displays, and they may not have enough production capacity to make screens for the new iPhones next year, with constraints potentially continuing into 2018. Apple has already figured in there will be high demand for the OLED model and they ve also figured out there will be constraints to these panels, Dan Panzica, a supply chain analyst at IHS Markit told the publication. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 rumored to feature curved OLED display

The constraint seems plausible considering OLED screens are more difficult to produce as compared to what Apple phones have been featuring till now. Which in turn, puts Apple at the mercy of suppliers that are still working to manufacture the displays in mass quantities. The four largest producers are Samsung Display Co, LG Display Co, Sharp Corp, and Japan Display Inc. While Samsung is on track to be the sole supplier for the new displays for Apple next year, the South Korean company may also not be able to make enough due to low yield rates combined with increasing iPhone demand. ALSO READ: Here s why only one Apple iPhone 8 variant will have OLED display

Having said that, the iPhone 8 with OLED display seems to be a part of the final blueprint. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 is rumored to come in three different display sizes. There will be two LCD models at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches and a third OLED model (with curved screen) at 5.8 inches. The OLED model is expected to have a smaller active display area between 5.1 and 5.2 inches.

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  • Published Date: January 19, 2017 1:45 PM IST


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