The rumours around this time of the year tend to be gorgeously interesting. The veracity, however, is what remains to be tested. If the latest churnings of the mill are to be believed, our beloved Apple is coming out with a tech-gem of a device (for lack of a better word) as the flagship’s 10th Anniversary Edition iPhone.
According to a report published on Sunday in the Korean Herald, Apple’s high-end iPhone 8 will use an OLED curved display in place of the regular flat panel and could potentially feature new touch-sensitive technology. Being aware that Apple almost always introduces new technology in the mobile phone arena, such a ‘news’ isn’t so hard to believe. It is worth a mention that the Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a curved screen and has been reportedly described as having the best smartphone display in the market.
“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,” a source familiar with the matter told The Korea Herald.
According to the Herald, Samsung’s curved OLED capacity for Apple is estimated to be around 70 million to 100 million units. Which is in line with previous estimates, but is less than half of Apple’s annual sales of the iPhone series, which stand at around 200 million units a year. The paper’s source further states that though the iPhones may not be ‘foldable’, they may be so technologically advanced so as to respond to the user’s touch on any side of the device. None of this, however, is the conclusive proof of what Apple may decide to go with, as 2016 draws to a close.
Other rumours suggest that Apple’s major iPhone redesign could include wireless charging and a glass body, complete absence of a physical Home button, and an edge-to-edge, bezel-free display with an embedded Touch ID fingerprint sensor and camera.