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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26 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Suddenly people will forget OLED burn-in and curved edges will not be called gimmicks. Kidding aside, I'm interested in this, hopefully a huge departure from the current fugly designs.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

departure from current design? but it's reported that 2017's iPhone is 7S

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'd like to punch Jony Ive and Tim Cook's face if they use the same design 4 years in a row.

13. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Excuse me, stop criticing apple for being innovative in designs, they will use same design for 6 years if it was possible 7s plus, my money is ready, say no to new designs Apple is innovative period

22. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Apple is innovative period" I'm not sure why are you implying that Apple is bloodily innovating once a month.

7. Papa_Ji

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Yes.. Now the same Old Generation AMOLED panels of Galaxy S6 are going to be the world's best in 2017..

10. w1000i

Posts: 249; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I always hate OELD Burn-in, and this way you have to change it every year other wise your OLED will dim and look just awful.

17. mahima

Posts: 733; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

apple fans are dreaming wild...and all they will get 17℅ brighter screen!! ( and plus, maybe another feature removed!! )

25. Chrusti

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

guys check out the first fake iphone to use ios10 youtu.be/voK2XLwFjuk

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"the OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED" unapologetically plastic OLED.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Do not want a curved screen but do want a home button that doesn't need skin contact to work. The 6S could be the last iPhone I ever buy.

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The others will follow, even the rumors.

15. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Yup Just like the bigger phones, smaller tablets, split screen, NFC, water-resistance, pencil, .......... BTW Apple will NEVER make iPhone bezelless(that's very old iDream rumor, every year we read about) Because bezel-less is new tech. Apple NEVER buy new tech, because the profit needs older cheaper tech. The usual media trick is, when they find out that some real tech company work on something, media let a rumor that Apple is working on it. Pathetic.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Still thumbing up your own posts I see? Give it up, you loony. You all claim you hate curved displays when Samsung frst brought it on the Note 4. Why aren't you speaking against Apple doing it. I mean many OEM's have been using the 2.5 curved glass already. They are simply going to make it more pronounced. Samsung started it though and look who si following. You so concerned about others copying apple? Right now its Apple doing the copying. Sooooo...why are you calling them out for it? See how much of a hypocrite you are? The fact is bruh, with the iPhone having year over year falls in sales, with Apple having no ideas, Ive is about as design oriented as a puppet with no strings and he has no one else to copy, Apple sees that curved displays are popular, just like they saw size was popular; there only choice is to hurry and bring the iPhone closer to the competition or they could be sales drop as much as 40%. You all know Apple is goign to use OLED display. How many fo you mentioned screen burn-in? NOTHING! But with Samsung using them even though it hasn't been an issue since using Super AMOLED, you all kept talking about it. After all, many people upgrade to a newer model every year, so the screen won't even get a chance to have burn-in. But maybe you are to stupid to understand the facts about technology. Then you criticized curved displays. Apple has basically confirmed and holds a patent for it, so you know its coming. How many for you called Apple using it a gimmicky feature? NOTHING! I think you only like to criticize Samsung, to help PA draw more hits and posts, after we attack you for your obvious bias and hypocrisy. Y

8. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

How are they talking about the iPhone 8 when the iPhone 7s is coming up next? This is getting hilarious really.

16. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

It's called Wall Street and APPL stock Pyramid.

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 592; Member since: May 02, 2016

this is too much you know and we know apple wont do all of that .. the joke is we repeating this every year and when the iphone comes out we get mad .. the next iphone is 7's amoled display and some improvements .. nothing crazy .

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wouldn't the iPhone 8's curved OLED come from Samsung? I'm eager to see which tech generation of OLED will Apple use... Not sure if Samsung will give Apple it's latest gen OLED, though.

12. Papa_Ji

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Current generation to APPLE... are you mad.... Today, apples's pussy is in Samsung Hand... So whatever Samsung want can do with apple...

14. twens

Posts: 1177; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Guess Samsung really brought the heat with curved screens. Now everyone wants one. Lol

18. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

copycats lol

19. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

They copying newly released huawei magic....

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I can't wait to see what features Apple try to bring with the curved edge. After all CNOUR and others keep claiming, Samsung's features are gimmicky. Which they aren't, they are simply repetitive. But yet, no one even has a good idea what should be there, because, the whole point of the curved glass is 99.9% aesthetic. Even though having to swipe for shortcut is convenient, I've just more use to using the app tray or having the apps I used more on the home screen. The fact is, there is no space for anything fancier tan shortcuts. But even if Apple only puts shortcuts, the fans will love it and claim its better even fi its the same thing someone else did first.

21. DGxumbreo7

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

why not indent the cam from the bump like 1 or 2mm same with screen to stop cracks

23. obedchuni

Posts: 335; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

sure they would follow samsung but the next iphone will be different from the samsung phones, iphone 5s size can be made 5 inch, iphone 6 size can be made 5.5 inch and iphone 5.5 inch can be made 5.8 inch with apple pencil support that would be awesome, sure apple can pull that all with those force touch and no home button, sure they can make best dishes with others recipe.

26. Chrusti

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

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