‘iPhone 8’ Said to Feature Curved, 5-Inch and 5.8-Inch Screens [REPORT]

Apple is preparing iPhones with bigger screens for a launch next year. Although the iPhone 8 design isn’t final yet, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley, and Jerry Zhang provided some new details about Apple’s next iPhone in a note distributed to clients on Friday, according to a new report from MacRumors.

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The Cupertino tech giant’s next smartphone, which will most likely be called the iPhone 8, will ship with bigger screens, according to the analysts. They say the iPhone 8 will offer a 5-inch screen and iPhone 8 Plus will deliver a 5.8-inch display, both with bezel-free designs. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus offer 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes, respectively.

“[The] iPhone 8 design didn’t sound 100% locked down but we believe the move is to a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope,” said the analysts. “The iPhone 8 moves to 5″ (from 4.7″) and the Plus moves to 5.8″ (from 5.5″).”

In order to deliver this bezel-free feature, the iPhone 8 would need to ship with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen technology. It would be the first from Apple to offer OLED technology in its smartphones. All iPhone versions through the iPhone 7 have run on LCD technology.

“By using a plastic OLED screen, the screen can bend at the edges to allow a curved bezel-less edge,” the analysts reportedly told investors.

These comments come after several recent were released stating that Apple is currently working on an OLED-based curved screen. Apple has yet to confirm that is is even working on a new phone, however, let alone new display technology. The Barclays analysts have acknowledged that the company has not yet made a final decision on the next iPhone screen.

  • raslucas

    I’m not 100% sure Apple will go with OLED for iOS devices. The UI is not optimized for it. In fact, I believe the strong uses of colours, blur and white colours were on purpose because Apple knows that Androids would want to copy and cannot without compromising battery life.

  • OliChabot

    Im all for a 5inch iPhone !