A 5" iPhone 8 unlikely to happen, tip insiders, Apple sticking to 4.7" and 5.5" glass sandwich designs

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Nope, there won't be a 5" iPhone next year, it seems, at least if an alleged insider scoop is believed. Yesterday, a Nikkei publication tipped some uncorroborated info that the 2017 crop of iPhones will have 4.7", 5" and 5.5" screen diagonals. This is, however, unlikely to happen, chime other insider sources with decent track record as far as Apple is concerned, saying that Apple will stick to the current screen size scheme.

How does that jibe with the rumored "glass sandwich" iPhone, remains to be seen, as if it indeed has an "edge-to-edge" display, that means a much smaller footprint than the current iPhone 7. Just imagine what Xiaomi did with the newly-announced Mix - it shoehorns a huge 6.4" in a body that is barely larger than the iPhone 7 Plus, thanks to its design that utilizes minimal bezel width all around, save for the bottom.

This latest Apple-will-stay-the-course tip, however, contradicts the rumors that Apple will be using a 5.8-inch panel for the larger iPhone, and that it will employ flexible OLED panels on it for the first time in its phone-making history. The reason for the clash in speculations, the source explains, is that besides the "all-glass" iPhone chassis, Apple has a few fallback designs to return to, if the futuristic housing proves too difficult to produce in mass quantities with the desired quality, and they are all being developed in parallel as a safety precaution. Samsung just announced a record $24 billion production facilities investment, half of which is dedicated to flexible panels, so there might be something truthful regarding Apple's move to such OLEDs.

Of course, there is almost a year until the next iPhone, so there is plenty more to be revealed in the coming months about it. On a side note, if the larger iPhone 8 Plus indeed employs a curved 5.8" panel, with the flat surface area of the screen being close to a 5.5" diagonal, this could also explain why are we getting conflicting reports on the iPhone 8 screen sizes. Let's not forget that there might also be an update to the iPhone SE, which could sport larger screen size, explaining the "three 2017 iPhones" rumor started by Nikkei somewhat.

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14 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hey, some say small screen sizes are perfect for them, but what about the majority of consumers? I guess, Apple is so obsessed with it's 326ppi, so it's probably why they'll, once again, stick with 4.7 inches along with it's 750p resolution. If I were to get the new iPhone, I'll avoid the 4.7-inch variant like a plague.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

326ppi is still good IMO, also the other aspects of the iPhone 7's screen are excellent.

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Probably the iphone 7 plus has the best lcd display I have ever seen. The 7's measurements such as the gamma are way off, but the difference in real life is negligible.

7. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Contrast is only ok and loss of brightness under an angle is pretty significant still. Minimum brightness also still too bright in a dark environment with blacks turning into grey and loss of contrast as a result. Plus it can't revert back to using a small portion of the screen, which is a lacking feature.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Your assumption that none of us see samsung devices is beyond logic. I see how colors almost polarize when viewing galaxy s6/s7 from an angle. My iPhone show much better for the same angle, bro. And I don't know what you're talking about "grey". Black - against the edge looks just as black as my bezels - yes, with full brightness on or low (I have an iPhone 5,5s, and 6s) - there's not greyish anything even from the side angle. You can even control white point and make it extremely dark with accessibility options that you can just add to triple click menu for quick access.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Trojan_Techie, ask any iphone user - no one is asking for higher resolution!!! Samsungs oled screen pixels have pentile arrangement vs iPhones ips screen. Pentile arrangement looks blurry at the same resolution than iPhones ips screen. That's why devs that build oled went for the higher resolution - but the cost of pentile sharpness is battery juice and processing resources - and that's why they need higher specs - it's unnecessary compromises. There's absolutely no gain or reason for iPhones to raise resolution right now! It will only drain battery and tax the resources without any benefit at all. Anyone that wants VR probably already got something else. Battery improvements are welcome, design with better screen to body ratio - hell yes, faster CPU/gpu - bring it on. Camera improvements - keep me coming. Screen Resolution bumps - GTFO! You assume too much about people you know s**t about.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

There are OLED displays without PenTile, and LCD displays with higher resolution. Quote: "ask any iPhone user - no one is asking for higher resolution!!!" No iPhone user asking asking for higher resolution? Well, the same iPhone users were not asking for a bigger screen before 2014, yet they flocked to Apple stores to get the 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus - Hypocrisy, no? You claim none of you is asking for a higher res, yet most of you will embrace a new 4.7-inch with Full HD and a 5.5-inch iPhone with QuadHD resolution! Since you can't provide a reasonable rebuttal without bias in it, then stop attacking my posts and take your own advice (GTFO)!

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Are ou serious? Higher resolution is pixel density, and yes no one is complaining about the sharpness of iPhone screens. You're describing screen size - yes there were people that wanted bigger iPhone. But they did not release a 5" model when they introduced iPhone 6 - so anyone who wanted a new phone ended up buying a bigger size. I would have bought the 4" model. I wanted Apple Pay and that's the only reason I upgraded from 5S. I was contempt with iPhone 5s -it is still fast, smooth, and runs on latests OS without issues. If I knew that SE was in the works - i would have waited!!! And SE actually sold a lot of devices too more than most android flagships. TLDR: screen size and resolution are two different arguments. Learn to comprehend what you're reading.

3. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Why wait to get an iphone hoping it looks like the Mi Mix when I can get the Mi Mix next month for less!

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Because mimix runs android...

4. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

6 inches iPhone!

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Deleted (posted in wrong area.

5. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

With a 4.7 display and a 85% or more body to screen ratio they have my money!!!

8. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm 100% with you.

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