According to a new report put forward by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has plans to unveil an OLED iPhone 8 this year.
As you all know with OLED screens, the iPhone 8 will reportedly come in with a curved design, possibly matching what we have already seen on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Mi MIX, among others.
While former Apple supplier JDI has shown off a flexible screen of its own, it says it won’t be going into production until after 2018. Samsung, Apple’s supplier, reportedly has made deal with Apple for 160 million OLED screens.
Eventually, however, Cupertino is expected to diverse this supply chain with time, probably to include the likes of LG Display as well. Even though new, this report doesn’t stray from past reports that have been presented with respect to what Apple is planning for its 10th anniversary iPhone.
Renowned Apple analyst from KGI Securities, Ming Chi-Kuo, has said time and again that 2017 will the year that Apple finally debuts a curved dual-edge design on its iPhone lineup. The same person has also stated that the 2017 series will see three handsets unveiled, where the curved screen OLED model will be the iPhone 8 while the other two will be the sequential successors to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
Like Kuo mentioned before, the WSJ report claims that Apple will no longer use the physical home button on the iPhone 8, rather, the phone will come with a distinct touch-enabled area on the phone’s chin meant for this purpose.
Not so long ago, Kuo had pointed out that the OLED phone will come with a huge 5.8-inch display screen, but only 5.15 inches will be usable, leaving the rest to serve as a “function area” just below the main screen.
The premium edition iPhone will be reportedly termed as the “10th Anniversary Edition” and is expected to attract a price tag starting at around $1000 USD.
Could Apple ditch the Lightning connector this year and move to USB-C on this year’s iPhones? What do you think? Too soon or are Apple customers ready for yet another change?