Despite a barrage of rumours over the last several months claiming that Apple’s first-ever curved display iPhone could see its public introduction, as early as this year, a new report out this weekend slams that notion – citing that the next iPhone will instead feature a flat screen made from edge-to-edge OLED.
The comments arrive via IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam who anticipates the company will instead adopt a “flat implementation of OLED design” on their coined ‘special’ edition, 10th-anniversary celebrating iPhone -which could end up costing over $1,000– and that will be “analogous” to the current 2.5D glass design, the analyst notes.
“Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area of the iPhone in its entirety.”
“This new design language is expected to become the trend for 2017, as we all anticipate Samsung’s reveal later this month,” the analyst added.
The comments from the industry analyst arrive weeks after it was speculated Apple could have not one, not two … but three new models of the iPhone to show off at its fall media event likely to be held at Apple Park – this year, with the addition of any type of edge-to-edge display to the smartphone expected to require some re-jigging of the placement of the firm existing force-enabling 3D Touch module, (which may even be moved to its new hame underneath the iPhone’s display) … and follow KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo too hinting that the Cupertino firm is all-but ready to move to OLED for the iPhone, in an announcement that is simultaneously expected to see it unveil its long sought-after, and highly rumoured, wireless-charging technology.