An iPhone with a curved screen could be on store shelves as soon as next year, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
Apple‘s suppliers say they have been asked to increase the output of thinner organic light emitting displays (OLED) and submit prototype screens with better resolution than displays from other competitors.
The Cupertino company has been battling slowing smartphone sales and is under pressure to deliver a hit phone when the iPhone marks its 10th anniversary next year. An iPhone with an OLED screen could be introduced as one of several models to be unveiled but would come with a higher price tag because OLED displays are more expensive to produce, according to people familiar with the matter.
Apple has not yet officially announced or finalized the model as it is one of more than ten potential prototypes being considered, said the sources.
Rival smartphone makers from Samsung to Xiaomi and Google have already shifted from using conventional liquid crystal displays to OLED screens because they are thinner, lighter, and allow for flexible designs. OLED screens don’t require a backlight component to illuminate the screen, but they could be up to $50 more expensive to produce, according to analysts’ estimates.