WSJ: Apple has over 10 iPhone 8 prototypes, one with curved display


Following various other reports which had it that Apple's iPhone 8 could sport a curved OLED screen, today, The Wall Street Journal published a story suggesting that we may, indeed, see a new iPhone with a curved display in 2017.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple asked its partners to boost production of thin OLED displays, and send "prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung." The better resolution part can definitely raise some eyebrows. Samsung's curved displays - as seen on the Galaxy S7 edge, for example - have Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixel) resolutions. Is Apple getting ready to make iPhones with even higher screen resolutions? We can't really tell for now, but that would be pretty crazy.

At least some of the curved OLED panels might be supplied by Samsung Display. But that's no surprise, as Samsung (via various subsidiaries) is one of Apple's important component suppliers. For example, the RAM inside the iPhone 7 is made by Samsung.

Reportedly, Apple is currently playing with more than 10 next generation iPhone prototypes, and the curved screen model is just one of them. Ultimately, Apple could decide not to commercialize the curved screen handset next year. But we honestly hope that this model will arrive in 2017, because iPhones, despite being excellent devices, have been needing a big change for years now.

If the curved screen iPhone 8 is released in 2017, it will likely be a bit more expensive than the regular versions, since curved OLED panels are not as cheap as flat IPS LCD ones. Right now, we don't know if the curved screen iPhone is supposed to be a small one (of around 4.7 inches), or a large one (of around 5.5 inches), but the latter variant would make more sense.

While WSJ does not mention the name of the next iPhone, with all the big changes that the new model is bound to bring, we seriously can't imagine it being called iPhone 7s. Thus, it will likely be called iPhone 8. Time will tell if we're wrong on this one.

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source: The Wall Street Journal

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54 Comments

1. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Soooooooooooooooooo. ...... This is apple innovation? I guess its not called copying when apple does it.....

9. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In over 30 years (since the GUI), it's never been called copying or stealing. It's always innovating, taking what others have done and improving it. But if a Samsung device does something even similar in a tiny way, COPYCATS! Hypocrisy.

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well it doesn't look likely to happen if they only have one prototype for it. Clearly Samsung had problems with the Note 7 and its curves which was the most ambitious one so far. Apple has no experience here and a hardware update with a design update just means no end to the problems that could arise.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung has had several curved models with no issues caused by them. There's nothing currently linking the Note 7 issue to the curved design. Besides, my post was about the hypocrisy when it comes to Apple and copying/stealing, not about their actual designs.

43. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The funny part is that the iSheeps call curved screens a gimmick. It would be revolutionary, if they get it on iPhone.

44. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*iSheep The dumbassery on this site can be profound at times. .......

48. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

even if the curved screen made by samsung is/will be the same one used on a current or future samsung smartphone...that will be on one of apples latest iphone model...ifans will say that apple made it better LOL...even tho we all know that samsung was the one that produced/manufactured them LOL

51. randomCommenter69

Posts: 12; Member since: May 03, 2016

I suspect that it might have been the symmetrical curve design employed on the Note 7. The other curved phones were never symmetrical

45. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Don't worry, they'll claim to have been working on curved display iPhones for the past 5 years. Apple will claim to have the best curves, the most beautiful curves. Curves so incredible that they're practically magic. Curves that will change everything again. *rolls eyes*.

10. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Yes bro, it's a ground breaking innovation..... Now other will start copying it.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Honestly, its mainly the tech media that is to blame for that mentality. They literally eat out of Apple's hand when it comes to hyping age old features. But people will and are getting better at spotting the BS now.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

One perusal of an Apple user forum, and even some of the Apple fans here makes it seem they're not getting better at spotting it.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

WRONG!!! apple invent innovation itself, and they've patented it... /s

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope they come with some real phablet features. Apple needs to differentiate the Plus from the standard.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't think it will, they like to keep major software and hardware changes on different years. Unless they want another iOS 8/iPhone 6 release, they likely will keep the wow to the hardware and then software the year after.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? The ipad now has 12" screen, and other than suize its exactly like the iPhone without cellular hardware. Apple doesn't know what to do. All they are goign to do is drop in wireless charging, curve the display and raise the cost $100 and the simpletons will buy it because they could care less who had it first, unless Apple had it first. Then they will all love wireless charging, curved screen. iris scanner, AMOLED panels and more all because Apple has it now. Its new to Apple, so its new to them because they don't buy or read up on anything else. So when Apple gets it, it must be first.

27. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Why haven't you been banned yet?

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've gone back to ignoring him, too stupid and argumentative.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's still good for a cheap laugh.

49. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I don't know about banned but I have PA delete my post like 20 minutes later and I've seen way worse from this guy. So PA really has got to step their game up some.

52. randomCommenter69

Posts: 12; Member since: May 03, 2016

I'd like some split window stuff on the Plus like I have with my S6 Edge plus. Christ my S5 also has split window and thats like 5.2"

3. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hold on, I thought curved screens are useless and gimmicky? I hope it won't be Amoled, because it will suck :)

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Come on, we all know that everything is a gimmick until Apple "revolutionizes" it.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because change generally doesn't happen unless Apple does it.

46. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ Right... since bad and greedy change generally doesn't happen, unless Apple does it.

50. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes, when Steve Jobs was alive, but now? Apple's current CEO is more likely to kiss shareholders' butts rather than revolutionize anything.

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yep dont forget burn ins will also be magically fixed.

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And do not forget it's "retina" quality will outplay any other AMOLED display in history.

4. Ahsanzafar

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

PLease APPLE dont underpower/feature your 4.7 iphone. I lOve that size.

6. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

ha ha ha .... Now Apple can't even hide the screen size & resolution of there upcoming iPhone from Samsung. Earlier samsung was only aware of hardware inside the apple's iPhone..... but now i think Samsung can easily guess what the fruit company is cooking for there upcoming iToy...

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