OLED 'iPhone X' with 5.8" wraparound display prepped for a 'feature-rich' launch, tips analyst

Wraparound display, embedded sensors - this OLED iPhone 8 concept image tries to depict Apple's 2017 surprise

Wraparound display, embedded sensors - this OLED iPhone 8 concept image tries to depict Apple's 2017 surprise


Look, Ma, yet another analyst has probed their "supply chain sources," and reiterates the rumor for an OLED iPhone 8, in addition to the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus upgrades this year. As if we needed further tips on the matter, Timothy Arcuri from research firm Cowen and Company tips a "feature-rich launch" for no less than three new iPhone models this fall, one of which is referred to as "iPhone X" in his clients memo.

Just as previously rumored, the analyst restates that the iPhone 8 will sport a 5.8" flexible OLED display sheet that will be curved around all sides for a "wraparound" design, while various proximity, light and other sensors, as well as the finger scanner, will somehow be embedded in the front. This much we have heard so far, but the new twist is that the analyst is still not sure whether the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus upgrades will ship with regular LCD displays, as speculated before. There is still a chance, he mentions, for Apple to use OLED panels in all three models, provided that Samsung and other smaller OLED screen makers, are able to churn out the goods with enough volume and quality to satisfy a massive launch like that of the 2017 iPhones. 

Somehow we doubt that there will be enough capacity for everyone to shift to OLEDs, but there's still time for Apple to decide before those orders are submitted to suppliers en masse. The 5.8" wraparound iPhone 8 panel means that the flat area that is actually usable, will actually be smaller than 5.8 inches across, so we are mentally prepared for some crazy screen-to-body ratio claims if this thing materializes as the rumors claim.

FEATURED VIDEO

41 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Since 2008 i heard analyst says iphone will be like this or like that but ended f**king the same!!!

3. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

They've been innovating since the beginning of time , that is , innovating their pockets

7. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Agree. It's always same BS rumors. But they count on, that ppl forget fast. And forgive the media lies. And then same again. Even now, it's not sure if there will be such iPhoneX this year.( Apple Car, Apple TV set, Sapphire Display, Liquid metal, iRing, Bezel-less iPhone...) The thing is, that Apple make one phone each year(even same next S-year) so those BS rumors are much needed to keep the stock price. That's the reason of those rumors. And the trick always work.

10. TBomb

Posts: 1259; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Just being Devil's advocate here... but is it possible they've been focusing too much on this 10year iphone that they decided they'd just skimp by with the last few versions so they could have a "magical" 10 year iphone?

17. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

To a certain extent, for sure. Design wise, they haven't put much thought into the last 3 iPhone models (and I don't mean that as an insult per say). We all know how many people they have on the iPhone team...and it doesn't take that many people to morph the iPhone 6 into the iPhone 7, ya know. No doubt the majority of that teams brainpower, has been put toward this years flagship...for at least the last 2-3 years. And just imagine all the horror stories we've heard of the work environment in Cupertino. Suspicion and paranoia must be thick in that office space right now. ;-)

18. Valinor

Posts: 172; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah thats what i was hoping for but hearing all the stories about a oled shortage, i dont thinks so...... Seeing as Apple has gone 'pro' with all their devices.... im expecting 3 iphones: - Iphone 7s small update and lcd - Iphone 7s small update and lcd - Iphone (7s) Pro oled screen, smaller bezel top/bottom and curved edges. Glass front and back. And offcourse the pro will be more expensive so expect 999 dollars....... So get ready for an disappointment unless you're willing to spend 999 dollars on a phone.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And the $999 model will only be as good as the S6.

34. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Wet iDreams only. As usual. Wait for new design next year. If there is really some extra model it will be limited stock and, bet on, sky-high price. But nothing more than Samsung copy, and besides not the last Samsung's tech.

22. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

$10 says that Apple will charge $100 more for the model with the OLED.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

$50 says you're right. Even though we know OLED displays are cheaper than LCD.

30. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Apple is very busy at making NEW color for their fans

32. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Why do you think the term 'analyst' start with the word 'anal'? They're a bunch of attention seeking jack---es.

2. haruken

Posts: 305; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I wonder if Apple is going to get bashed for shamelessly copying Samsung's curved oled thing; which is extra ironic considering how they sued the latter...

15. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

no, they wont be bashed for anything, because apple was first! It doesnt matter how late they joint to the party, they will be first and every other manufacturer become copycat.

4. maherk

Posts: 6746; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Anyone noticed how AMOLED displays were ALWAYS criticized for their punchy colors even when Samsung used to offer basic mode, then, and in the past two years, when Apple was working on switching to OLED in the near future, all of a sudden those pro Apple "reviewers" became fans of AMOLED screens and stopped talking about color accuracy? That's the brainwashing I always talk about.

6. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Because Apple will make Retina AMOLED. :)

33. Rocket

Posts: 635; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

haha.....

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Is it possible, that oled screens have improved in the past couple surpassing IPS pros over OLED. The only PRO that I see in oled is the battery savings in black/dark UI - this is one and only true benefit - nothing else matters. But I prefer the pixel arrangement on IPS screens to that of oled pentile - as it outputs a dramatically sharper image at lower resolution - benefiting battery savings and still look sharp. I still think OLED screens are too contrasted. And I like how the curved screens make phones look modern - but I wouldn't want to use one for daily needs. But yeah, it is probably that the problems of oled have been ironed out in the passed couple of years - thus moving the reviewers toward a more favorable score.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

EDIT: oh and they still put iPhone screens as more color accurate than samsungs. That hasn't changed.

23. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I don't think the dark UI advantage is all that great......I don't think you are in it long enough to matter....pretty much all web pages are white.....so yea....

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybe you should read on DisplayMate what are the true advantages of OLED over LCD. Also Samsung's SAMOLED displays offer things no one else does. It has the widest color gamut vs any OLED by any company. As far as I know, Smaisng is the only own who allows you to change phone resolutions without needing you install 3rd party apps. You have more control over services and features to increase battery life and capability. Even thought the Galaxy is pricy, it is more worth it's cost vs any phone in its class at similar cost. The iPhone is especially a joke when you consider OEMs who make a single model they chose to compete against it.

35. AlikMalix unregistered

1.Techie thanks for a short post. It really depends who you read for color accuracy reports - disputes your effort to scrutinize - iPhone screens color reproduction and accuracy is extremely good. And IPS screens offer some things samsungs oled does not. But I buy a device that can handle all the graphics without the need to reduce resolution or compromise in any way. Even if the galaxy were cheaper than iPhones - it would be a worse buy for me and millions of others as it forms offer the core features and experience that iPhone does. Basically the sum of features of the galaxy maybe have more but only a little of it is of use to me - but the iPhone has the ones I need. But I can't expect you to understand that.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So why wouldn't understand that. I wasn't questioning your choice, OLED displays offer many benefits over LCD. As far as color accuracy. I don't care about technical jargon per se. I don't instant much of what DisplayMate says, but I can gather r tough and see the numbers. I only mentioned changing the resolution as a measure to save on battery life. I love playing my games upscaled to 1440p using the game manager. I understand Galaxy device may not have what you need. But you said that OLED displays only offered one be edit in your opinion. I only offered other benefits based on known facts. I wasn't and didn't question your choice

38. AlikMalix unregistered

"Even thought the Galaxy is pricy, it is more worth it's cost vs any phone in its class at similar cost" (your words in reply to my post). "More worth" is a really really subjective position. ".... be any phone in its class at similar cost" - implies that buying ANY PHONE other then Galaxy is a bad choice (again all in reply to my post). You seem to be back pedaling. And regarding resolution - honestly why not get a device that does not need constant downscaling and upscaling, which has everything optimized directly for that device? You see a benefit - I see an unnecessary task that I don't care to deal with!

43. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

so iphone can do less at roughly the same speed as the galaxy can yet the galaxy can do more and you still choose iphone even tough the screen is way lower res and according to your comments you like hi res stuff also camera on iphone is worse so please tell me where you benefit from an iphone ?

42. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

new oled screens by samsung are ditching the pentile matrix in favour of a more classic arrangement so that problem in now go altough that screen for sure wont be on the iphone due to it probs beeing on the s8 or note 8

8. Vagelara

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

APPLE IS JUST MAKING MOMEY FROM STUPID PEOPLE!!!!! THEY USE THE SAME s**t, SAME DESIGNS, THEY NEVER REALLY UPGRADE THE DESIGN OF THE PHONES OR ANYTHING MORE REALLY. THEY JIST GOT DUMB PEOPLE FOLLOWING THEM. KEEP TAKING A BITE OFF THAT APPLE!!!! YOUZ MAKE ME SICK !!!!

27. Unordinary unregistered

"WaaaaaaaaA Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa where's my binky"

9. Vagelara

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

SAMSUNG IS WAAAAAY AHEAD OF APPLE IN EVERYTHING AND ALWAYS WILL BE!!!!

20. Valinor

Posts: 172; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah but they use google android.... no thanks. Otherwise I would have switched to samsung instantely.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.