A report published on Sunday by The Korea Herald reaffirmed claims that next year’s iPhone 8 will come with an OLED model that has a curved display.
The report notes that Apple’s OLED panel orders from Samsung Display have been solely for plastic units, not glass ones. Companies typically use glass for flat panels, while plastic allows for curved screens like the one on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Other iPhone models coming out next year will depend on flat LCDs from LG Display and JDI. Samsung’s curved OLED capacity is estimated between 70 to 100 million units. This makes up less than half of Apple’s annual iPhone sales, which is something that may support the idea OLED will be reserved for a “premium” model.
The report also said that Apple may use a new touch-sensing technology which enables the phone to response when users touch any side of the device.
Previous reports have indicated that Apple is working on three iPhones for 2017: two LCD models sized at 4.7- and 5.5-inches, like the iPhone 7, along with a curved OLED product measuring around 5.1 inches.