No 'wraparound' iPhone 8 display? Apple reportedly opts for simpler flat OLED screen


Despite the overwhelming amount of rumors from various analysts and publications that Apple will release an OLED iPhone 8 with a wraparound display of sorts, the Apple-centric Japanese blog Macotakara now begs to differ. We will entertain their say, as those guys have been correct on many an Apple rumor in the past, and they now claim that the "iPhone Edition" has been more or less finalized in terms of design decisions, and these do include the speculated glass sandwich design on a stainless steel frame, but the OLED panel will be a flat one.

The thing is, Macotakara says, that all those analyst predictions about the OLED iPhone 8 are based on supply chain sources procuring parts for various prototypes of a special edition iPhone that are still in the EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) stage. This means that Apple still hasn't decided on the final look and feel, and is currently sourcing parts for the DVT (Design Verification Testing) stage, on which analysts are basing their memos to clients about Apple's 2017 plans. These parts include white ceramic, glass, metal, and other more or less exotic chassis materials, as well as both flexible or flat OLED screens, as well as IPS-LCD displays. They were also said to include designs with and without a Touch ID button, with face scanners, and so on.

Well, the iPhone 8 "Edition" model has apparently passed the EVT stage, and is now in the DVT process, meaning that the chassis has more or less been agreed upon, and Apple has reportedly decided on a flat edge-to-edge OLED display, instead of a more complex curved one that is of dubious usefulness, save for aesthetic purposes, but requires much more extra steps and retooling of the factories to make. The glass sandwich design will be a tribute to iPhones of yesteryear, with a new stainless steel twist for the frame. Other than those tidbits, Macotakara tips that the iPhone 8 will sport a dual camera with vertically situated lenses, which will eventually be utilized for augmented reality shenanigans, based on Apple's recent investments in that realm.

A virtual home key will also make a cameo at the bottom part of the display, or, as analyst Ming Chi Kuo calls it, "the active area," but the Japanese blog hasn't heard much about where the finger scanning will go, as it was unable to confirm the rumors for an in-screen module just yet. Apple may be having trouble placing the scanner underneath the display, just like Samsung had with the S8, and opted for a rear one at the last minute. Oh, well, the idea for a wraparound iPhone 8 display was good while it lasted, but let's not forget this is all still rumors and speculations, so who knows what will happen between now and September, if Apple outs the phone then.

source: MacOtakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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24 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Hi. I'm an Apple fanboy. I like Apple. kbye

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

At least you're honest unlike Sammy fanboys always in denial though it's obvious. Unless you're Sarcastic

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

not so sure about that. both sides are in denial.

16. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Someone please kill these analysts .

2. torr310

Posts: 1676; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Great move, Apple! I probably will get rid of my GS7E and get the iphone 8 plus if it has much longer battery life.

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1529; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes!!!! Fack curved screens, biggest gimmick ever. Just make the phone edge to edge flat and it will look better than anything out now. Nothing sexier than the Mi Mix, until the iPhone 8 of course.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Great news for Sammy. The curvesd flagships remain their exclusive and will help sell more as novelty is preserved. Also unlike past year the record sales of display for Apple phones will also boost their profits. Double win.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

curved screen flagship is samsung exclusive? nope - Huawei Mate 9 Pro / Porsche Design - Blackberry Priv - Xiaomi Mi note 2 - Bluboo Edge (and lots more coming from china this year)

9. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Yes, but all of them flopped. By the time they try it mainstream, Sammy will bring in the bendable/fold-able display phones.

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

What is the benefit of a curved screen?

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Phone size

5. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

ifans should consider this as a blessing in disguise. Curve screens serves no purpose and just annoying more than anything.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right, apple will save curved screen for 2018's or 2019's innovation.. their user should be happy with OLED, and next year they'll happy again with curved OLED

19. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Unless Apple finds some unforseen use to having it, it won't be added. Samsung is the company that will sell you a kitchen sink for your car. They are the Kings of useless hardware and software add-ons.

12. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

That's good news i prefers a flat screen, the curve screen is just a gimmick and nothing else.

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ok. You got my attention.

14. yahyaaufa

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I think The power button is long because it'll be The touch id just like FPS on The side of xperia phone

15. yahyaaufa

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I think The power button is long because it'll be The touch id just like FPS on The side of xperia phone

17. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

All blind followers of Apple will see the logic of curved screen if and ever apples makes one. will be called biggest innovation on this earth.....until then keep on buying the same old thing over and over and over again on exorbitant prices Please try to be atleast appreciative of innovation put forward by all the other OEMs....

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Thank God!!! That stupid edge(now infinity) display is the biggest gimmick in current phones today! Samsung fanboys just knew that the iPhone would copy it this year. Samsung did to. Now they are stuck with it! There is a reason no one has copied it!

20. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Really Sir? are you sure no other OEM has put forward a phone with a curved display?

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes, this is what I want!!!! No curved edges edges please!!!

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Please be true, 2.5D glass is the way to go, none of this curved crap.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I was hoping for a curved display. If they stay 16:9, it's gonna be hella wide at 5.8 inches. Go 18:9 Apple.

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