The OLED iPhone 8 may be curved on all sides, Apple claimed to test new touch controls

This above is an artist's concept of the eventual OLED iPhone 8 based on rumors


By now it is no secret that there might be an OLED iPhone 8 version, which is rumored to be with an "edge-to-edge" display, meaning that there will be a minimal amount of bezels on all sides, or, as is the trend lately, that the edges will be curved towards the back for that "waterfall" look. 

If a new report from Korean media is to be believed, it will be the latter - as per the source "the OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED - not glass - from Samsung Display. Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple."

The reference to plastic OLED here likely means that the panels that Apple has ordered are made with a plastic, instead of a glass substrate, so they can bend. We aren't really sure about the conclusion that all sides will be curved because of that fact - after all, all flexible OLED displays of Samsung, since the Galaxy Round, are made with plastic substrate, but so far they've only be curved to one or two sides on phones like the S7 edge, not all around.

However, the Galaxy S8 is rumored to employ a similar "all-screen" concept at the front, with curved top and bottom, and no physical home button, so the iPhone 8 might also be rocking the "plastic" OLED in a similar fashion. Apple's added value, the source continues, won't be a foldable phone or any other overzealous flexible display shenanigans, but the team is apparently trying to develop new touch options for the sides. 

"The upcoming iPhone may use new sensing technology, which enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device. But, Apple may not adopt this technology," claims the source. The gang from Cupertino may still be experimenting what can practically be achieved with a curved OLED display, other than putting one for the sheer aesthetics of it, as Samsung does for now. Well, Apple still has a few more months for testing and decision making, as an OLED iPhone 8 would be a pretty complicated endeavor to produce in mass quantities, and the suppliers will probably have to start the process as early as the spring if they want to be ready with a finished product over the summer, in order to get it unveiled in the fall.

source: Korea Herald

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