Next year's 'premium' iPhone to feature a Note 7-like curved-edge OLED display
Nikkei infers that a 'premium' OLED iPhone may be in the works for next year featuring a dual-curved display. The report suggests that said iPhone's display could be larger than 5.5 inches in diameter, while the standard editions may continue with the flat LCD configurations as seen with the current iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. According to Nikkei's source:A new report from
This is not the first we've heard of an OLED-packing iPhone. Earlier this year, analyst and all-round Apple informant Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the fruit company will deploy AMOLED in 2017. In that report, he also alluded to an iPhone that could favor a mostly glass design and wireless charging.
Kuo seemed to suggest that the entire iPhone line may go OLED. But taking this new report into consideration, perhaps the lesser models will stay behind, at least initially. Since Apple is famed for slow roll-outs where major changes are concerned, it's possible that the regular iPhone models will wait until 2019 or later, as Kuo suggested last year.
The rather interesting subtext here is that Samsung and Apple have long battled patent disputes with one another. More often than not, Apple has been the instigator, having accused its Korean rival of lifting ideas from the iOS device range. A potential move towards a curved OLED would instead see Cupertino take a leaf from the book of its old adversary. Nevertheless, given how the Galaxy Note 7 is poised to ship considerably more units than its predecessor, a similarly-designed effort from Apple could inject some much-needed life into the iPhone brand.
The report also mentions that Samsung will be a provider of the curved OLED display for the 2017 top-end iPhone.