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The OLED iPhone 8 curves may be smaller than Samsung’s, 5.2" viewable area tipped

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The OLED iPhone 8 curves may be smaller than Samsung’s, 5.2
All the rumors that Apple is experimenting with a new touch control paradigm for the sides of the rumored OLED iPhone 8 with curved display may have been referring to various prototypes Apple always has in its labs, according to Nikkei sources from the supply chain. The insiders claim that the iPhone 8 will have an OLED screen with a 5.2" viewable area that will be ever so slightly curved on all sides, purely for aesthetic purposes, with no new touch functions introduced for the sloping sections, let alone news tickers like on the first Note edge. This screen size is close to the 5.15" diagonal tipped by famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as well.

In fact, the source claims that the bendy panels atop of the iPhone 8 will be curved even less than what Samsung did with phones like the S7 edge. Samsung itself restricted the curve amount and angle on the Note 7 compared to the S7 edge, and is expected to do the same with the S8, relegating the sloping edges mostly to beauty duties, rather than a tangible functionality. Apple is tipped to follow suit, and may also slap a slightly curved glass back panel that will be supplied by its traditional partners Biel Crystal and Lens Technology. This corroborates yesterday's rumor that Biel will provide Apple with "thermoformed" glass backs for the iPhone 8, too. 

The Nikkei source reiterates once again that a lot of the commotion around the eventual OLED iPhone 8 is still in flux in Apple's labs, which in its turn coincides with what Macotakara claimed the other day. The Japanese tipped that Apple is still toying around with many prototype ideas, but in the end what it will come up with may not be as drastic as rumored, or that the iPhone 8 with OLED screen may only be announced in September, but released at a later date. Plenty of time for Apple to clear it up, and we'll keep our eyes peeled for any new developments. One point is for sure, though - an OLED iPhone 8 would be pretty expensive.

source: Nikkei via 9to5Mac

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posted on 15 Mar 2017, 10:36 1

1. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1263; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Man I miss the first note edge curved screen... You could actually put stuff on that curve and interact with them... Oh the memories... Oh this is a iphone article.... My fault...

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 10:38 3

3. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


It's hard to disagree with your point though, edges have went the way of 3D unfortunately.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 10:46 1

4. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 481; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


You can still interact with the current Edge screens with select app, the People's Edge, Apps Edge, etc.

The main difference is the Note Edge was built into the display, and the new edge is just a side tray which could easily be programed into a flat panel display.

I for one like the Peoples edge since I leave my phone face down at work and I can see the screen illuminate when I receive messages or calls from specific contacts. However since the Nougat Update, they removed the color coded Peoples Edge

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 11:01 1

5. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1263; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Oh I still use all my edge functions but there's nothing like that note edge...

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 11:25 1

8. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 481; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


I really wasn't one for large phones when the Note Edge was out, I decided to give the Note 7 a try and now I hate smaller devices. I'm using the s7 Edge for now but I'm missing the smoother feel of the Note 7

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 13:43

10. Chanmaxi (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Jan 2017)


I'm still using my good ol' Note Edge running Android 6.0.1
it does everything I want it to even though it's not as fluid and smooth as the newer models.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 11:09 8

6. Khyron (Posts: 293; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


ohh I remeber the days when isheep claimed about the realistic and the superior quality of retina lcd 750p iphone's screen

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 19:46

18. submar (Posts: 565; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


And all of a sudden edge isn't a gimmick anymore, cause apple uses it.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 12:44

9. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Well there is app you can get with the S7 edge and have load of app on the side.
The app also work with flat screen.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 14:30

13. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


oh right.. I remember that phone...
I want it but it's too overpriced..

and even after S6 released, note edge price is barely dropped...
then I get S6edge

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 10:38 3

2. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 481; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


SO the iPhone 8 will be like the galaxy s7?

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 14:04 6

12. omnitech (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Yeah they will just use the left over GS7 displays. Do you really think Apple would buy premium 5.8 bezeless displays for their sheep when they know full well and iPhone 7 with an OLED screen would sell just as much?

posted on 16 Mar 2017, 06:40

19. steodoreben (Posts: 358; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


@omnitech LOL. Apple will use Samsung's outdated left over OLED panels and overcharge it for their "new" "innovation".

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 11:23 2

7. torr310 (Posts: 1071; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I disabled all the edge functions on my S7 Edge.

I got it only because of the larger screen and battery.

It's not comfortable to hold and have to to extreme careful to damage the screen (since there is no perfect matched temper glass screen protector in the market).

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 14:02

11. omnitech (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Looks like I am right. A bezeless 5.2 inch phone would be much smaller than the iPhone 7. Heck a bezelicious pixel is barely larger than an iPhone 7 and that has a 5.1 inch display.

So looks like my theory that the iPhone 8 is just going to be an iPhone 7s with a slightly larger OLED display is correct. Lol

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 14:43

14. nctx77 (Posts: 2373; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You would be wrong sir. It's 5.2 inches of usable space. You forgot the touchbar. The total will be 5.8 inches according to rumors. With that said, that screen can still fit onto the body of a 4.7 inch iPhone with no bezels.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 15:24

17. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14041; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Not the way Apple designs phones it won't. lol.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 15:13

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14041; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Except, Samsung added a function which I am sure they will keep. Lots of people like the edge features because it gives them quick access to things without having multiple home-screen, needing to visit the app-tray, or in the case of iOS, scrolling so may home screens when you forget there is a search function.

posted on 15 Mar 2017, 15:20

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14041; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So if the entire display is 5.8" and only 5.2 is usable, does that mean this other area which I assume is goign to be an onscreen button, is actually still a physical button hidden underneath and the screen sits above it? That's lame.

Why not just drop the hold physical button concept and just use onscreen buttons?

I mean I could care less if it copies Android.

But why waste time making the screen larger, if 100% of the screen isn't even usable?

So what happens when you watch a movie? Will the movie only be playing on the 5.2" of the 5.8" display?

If so that would be very dumb and I wont but that.

It would be different if they said it was 5.8 and 5.5 is usable because the onscreen buttons are actually physical buttons under the display and because they are at the very bottom, it still leaves more screen usable for the user and the buttons disappear and movies for example take up the whole screen.

Please Apple, dont do anything stupid. Even though I hate onscreen buttons, I rather that be because when they are not needed they can disappear and you have 100% of the screen to use. If a physical button is hidden under the screen, that part of the screen will not be active to the user and that would be dumb!

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