It’s very early to make predictions about the iPhone 8, since we haven’t found out all information about the iPhone 7, which will be released next year. A few months ago, we’ve heard that Apple has filled a patent for a flexible and/or curved OLED display which is rumored to appear on the iPhone 8.
It seems that Apple is planning to switch to OLED displays, after the enormous success they had on flagships such as LG G Flex, LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE. The problem is that Apple won’t be able to integrate this technology into the upcoming iPhone 7 and the fans will need to wait another year.
Currently, the Apple Watch is using a flexible OLED panel created by LG and Samsung because of the advantages it comes with: brightness, accuracy and color saturation. Before hearing the rumors about Apple’s intention to adopt a curved display design for its upcoming iPhones, it has reached our ears another rumor that the iPhone will have the TouchID fingerprint scanner and other controls integrated into its screen. This would exclude the physical home button under the screen, making the panel look sleeker and more spacious.
So, why not using a curved screen which would support the aforementioned features? This would motivate many iPhone fans to ditch their old devices and buy the new model, which is more innovative, but they would need to pay more money on it.
In a recent report published at the end of November, an executive from Samsung Display said that “Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized OLED displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018”. This move will surely be very beneficial to Samsung, because selling its panels to its biggest rival will increase its revenue and with this money will be able to make other investments in its technology.
But, don’t be too excited about this news, if you’re a Samsung fan. Apparently, according to another report published on December 8, Apple is in talks with Japan Display Inc (JDI), which would produce the curved display.