We all know that Apple is planning something big for next year's 10th anniversary iPhone 8 release, and details continue to trickle out about just what that means.
The latest rumors indicate that Apple is testing multiple versions of the next iPhone, and that the company has asked its screen suppliers to ramp up production of OLED displays. Here's what we can expect.
In ITBlogwatch, we wait, and wait, and wait some more.
What is all the hoopla about? Edge Ison has some background:
The tenth anniversary of the iPhone is...approaching...Apple is making sure it will release a new smartphone deserving to be its new flagship phone.
The rumored iPhone 8 [will] be a rumor no more...the company is currently testing at least ten prototypes...One of the prototypes is rumored to have an organic light-emitting diode or OLED display that is curved.
And how do we know this? Neil Hughes has the details:
Apple has asked...suppliers to increase their output of organic light emitting displays, in anticipation of an OLED-equipped iPhone next year...Apple is also said to have asked suppliers to offer up screens with higher resolutions than Samsung handsets.
It's likely that Samsung will be the chief partner...other display makers simply cannot provide the amount of inventory needed for a new iPhone launch. Apple is...hoping that Sharp, LG Display and Japan Display will be able to ramp up production to take over some of Samsung's share by 2018.
Amit Chowdhry fills in the blanks:
There are some complications with Apple using OLEDs...One...challenge...is that keeping components inside the panels could limit flexibility. This could be an issue because there are rumors that Apple wants to integrate the front-facing camera and the Home button within an edge-to-edge display for the iPhone 8.
It was reported that Apple was going to offer the iPhone 8 in three different models. One...is reportedly going to have a curved 5.8-inch OLED display...the other two will likely have TFT-LCD panels, one at 4.7-inches and the other at 5.5-inches.
Are there any side effects of having an OLED display for comsumers? Takashi Mochizuki and Eun-Young Jeong know of at least one:
An iPhone with an OLED screen...would come with a higher price tag because OLED displays are more expensive to produce...OLED screens don’t require a backlight component to illuminate the screen. But they could be as much as $50 more expensive.
What else do we know about the upcoming Apple phones? The Digit NewsDesk has some more info:
The new iPhone is also expected to come with...wireless charging, while other reports claim the iPhone 8 to have an all-glass body...Apple notably filed a patent for fingerprints to be recognised anywhere on the phone, and we may see this...on the next iPhone...We’ll surely get to see more of next year’s iPhone well before launch, and if present day leaks are to be considered, we’ll have a pretty good idea of what it will look like, before too long.
Now, Apple will not be the first smartphone with a curved OLED screen. Randy Grossert has something to say about that:
Must be hard to be a tomato in Silicon Valley, now that even Apple is playing the catch-up game! Hehehe, you get it? Ketchup! Hehe...he...he.