Apple reportedly scraps plans for a 5.3" OLED iPhone, keeps those for a 6-incher

Apple reportedly scraps plans for a 5.3
It's not the first time we hear this, but Apple has reportedly ditched the idea for a smaller than the iPhone X, 5.28" OLED handset for next year. Industry suppliers are commenting that there won't be a tiny all-screen iPhone, as the market preferences have shifted toward larger screens in bezel-less chassis, so Apple is adjusting its strategy accordingly. 

Initially, it is said to have given Samsung and other display suppliers it is working with a preliminary order for three panel sizes for the 2018 iPhones - 5.28", 5.85" like on the current iPhone X, and a larger 6.46" model - but the first screen is now reportedly DOA. 

What intrigues us the most in this rumor, however, is the 6-incher, as the source claims it might have an LCD screen, which would be ordered for production to Japan Display. This strays away from the current speculation that all 2018 models of Apple will go with OLED screens. If Apple manages to pull off a bezel-less design on a 6.46" display, stuffing it in a chassis not larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, this could be a real boon for iOS fans, coupled with the iPhone Xs (or whatever Apple calls it) sidekick. To do that, Apple will likely have to use the elongated 2:1 aspect ratio, and Japan Display announced a similar 6-inch panel not long ago, so there might be some merit to these claims.

The only loser here are apparently Korean suppliers, as instead of two or even three OLED panel types, Apple may be offering just one for the 2018 crop. In any case, everything points to a big redesign of future iPhones, and some might say that the current "surfboard" chassis change is long overdue. If Apple stuffs a huge screen in a fairly compact body, that could also mean that the home button will be gone for good next year on any iPhone model, jibing in with analysts' predictions that it will be moving to Face ID biometrics entirely, or try and develop in-display finger scanner to complement them, too.

source: Korea Herald 

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10 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Or, a Power-Button variety Touch ID. Just... sayin'....

2. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Translation: anything can happen about anything in any period of time.

3. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

A smaller full-screen iphone is the one that actually makes most sense, and has the least competition. The problem is that manufacturers think people only want big phones - mainly because they get all the flagship tech. Put the good stuff in the small phones, charge the same and you'll still get the sales because not everyone wants a giant phablets. Many I know still use iPhone SE's, 5's and 5S's because they don't want a big phone.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sony is the only one still making smaller flagships and I believe we will see their all screen offerings later this year. So here is to hoping they don't screw any part of that up.

8. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

There aren't even small phones on the market anymore. The SE is almost 2 years old now. Sucks.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple was one of the few companies who understood the need for a small phone, and/or created one. Now Apple's losing its iconic-ness.

4. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Apple will never make bezel-less iPhone until the real tech companies make it and that tech become cheap. I was LOL at the wet -idream-renders of the iPhone X on the media, making it look bezel-less. And I've said- no way! But iPhone X at the end, happen to be not bezel-less at all. Even with the useless, obstructing notch trick. I LOL now at the wet-idream-renders too.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, at this point, no phone is truely bezeless if you look at it like that. Basically bezeless right now means minimal top and bottom bezels. All three of Samsung’s flagships have top and bottom bezels and even on the side. It’s not as noticeable on the side from the front due to the curve but it’s there. Other Android phones have bezels just at the bottom. Have several seats!

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Basically bezeless right now means minimal top and bottom bezels." Is there any standard which specifies that "bezel-less" refers to top and bottom bezels only?

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Bigger screen would be welcome. That way when the notch is cropped you still have a nice size screen. Losing the notch would be great too. Let’s do this.

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