Next year's 'premium' iPhone to feature a Note 7-like curved-edge OLED display

Next year's 'premium' iPhone to feature a Note 7-like curved-edge OLED display
Every so often, a new idea or piece of tech arrives and catches on in a big way. Samsung began the curved-edge display trend with the Galaxy S6 edge, which naturally garnered some skepticism at first. Backed by a strong consensus among tech commentators and consumers alike, the curvaceous finish has made its way to the new Note 7, and several other companies seem to have been watching. With Xiaomi's forthcoming Mi Note 2 set to be furnished with a similar panel, Sammy's fiercest rival may soon join the party. 

A new report from 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:



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. 

source: Nikkei

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57 Comments

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It was only a matter of time

7. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

so basically they put amoled screen with dual edge and a pro name and sell it for even more... so tired of overpriced crap.

55. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I wouldn't worry about this ridiculous rumor. The vast, overwhelming majority of devices will still have flat screens for years to come. Apple isn't going to do an AMOLED curved screen after Samsung did.

8. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Apple is two years behind Sansung!

10. Unordinary unregistered

I believe you wrote that backwards, since the Note 7 with ts "cutting edge hardware" is six years behind Apple in optimization. Keep lagging behind. Pun intended. Android is a great OS, but Samsung ruins it with its infamous hardware and software slugging around

15. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Have you convinced yourself yet?

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, I just saw an article today pointing out that the Note 7 is "slower than the 6S". TouchWiz aside, comparing a 2560x1440 screen to 1333x750 isn't exactly apples to apples, is it?

20. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

The Note 7 has awful real world performance: http://www.xda-developers.com/with-the-note-7-samsung-still-delivers-embarrassing-real-world-performance/ Also, are you really talking about resolution when opening apps? lol. You might need to do some research buddy.

47. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Not just at XDA but also Anandtech's review of the Note 7 mentions some lag as well but nothing as bad as what is shown on XDA. On another note, I like the all black iPhone render and would hope that would be the actual design of the new iPhone...

22. Unordinary unregistered

No its not Apples to Apples. It's flagships to flagships. If you want Apples to Apples, the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S will be a good comparison. Jokes aside. 4gbs of RAM and a nucleor quadro zip zapcore processor should relieve the excuse of "screen resolution". On top of "cutting edge tech" over the "years behind" Apple always is.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's a technicality.

51. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Why don't we reduce the Samsung screen to a 4.6inch 720 resolution. Drop the ram to 2gb and whack in a dual core processor then assume its Apples for Apples. If it's faster, it's faster. Who cares if Apple is faster and smoother. "Mic Drop"

21. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Curves are sexy but LG ticker display is most useful!

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

So Chinese OEMs are ahead of Apple now. Great work slacking off Apple.

54. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

*Korean

57. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*Chinese xiaomi and meizu will release smartphone edge display this year

26. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Those pics have the same bezels. Just a 6s design with edge screen. Think we need to wait till next year to get a better idea where they're heading.

40. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

That iPhone has a headphone jack. Lol nice mockup tho.

45. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

What an innovation!

49. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

COPY CATS .........

56. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

55comments and most of it get deleted, lol.. (including mine :-/)

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