iPhone 8 Will be Launched in 2018 With Curved Samsung OLED Display

iPhone 8 Will be Launched in 2018 With Curved Samsung OLED Display
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Sources claim Apple is "serious" about switching to flexible OLED touchscreens for future iPhone models

It's well established that phone manufacturers plan multiple iterations of their flagship smartphones well in advance. And that's why it's not entirely surprising that, according to new information, Apple seems to already be making plans for the iPhone 8 as far ahead as 2018, just as the rumour mill is obsessing over the intricacies of the iPhone 6S and/or iPhone 7.
Reports circulating as of June 24 focus on a newly discovered Apple patent for a flexible and/or curved OLED display which it's thought may appear on a future iPhone (but NOT the next one). Apple has an established history in securing patents on designs it never follows up on, but according to the rumour mill, specifically an "industry source" speaking to Business Korea, this time around Apple is "serious" about switching to OLED.

The source went on to claim that there is a huge potential market for a curved display iPhone. This point wasn't elaborated upon much, but we can only assume it's a reference to the increasing popularity of curved display phones such a the LG G Flex, LG G4, and Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE, particularly in the Asian market, where the iPhone brand itself is also seeing a huge upsurge in interest with consumers.
However, the source added that it "is very likely that the first flexible iPhone may be introduced in 2018, as Apple's top-tier display suppliers are working on it," so don't expect to see a curved display iPhone for a while yet. Assuming Apple continues its leapfrogged approach with the iPhone 6 followed by iPhone 6S, then followed by the iPhone 7, in its usual pattern with a launch every September, that would mean we're probably looking at the iPhone 8 in 2018.



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At present Apple only uses flexible OLED for its Apple Watch, with panels supplied by LG and Samsung's display arms. Business Korea's sources seem to think Apple will adopt OLED partly for the flexible properties; allowing for new form factors and the popularity of these features in the current market, but also due to perceived "weak points" for "colour saturation, accuracy, and brightness," with the currently used LCDs. That is, of course, open to debate; as impressive as OLED seems to be on recent Samsung devices there doesn't seem to be much wrong with the iPhone 6's LCD display quality if you ask us.
A curved display design also raises a lot of other questions relating to other rumours circulating about Apple's future iPhones. A big talking point at the moment is the idea that Apple will integrate iPhone controls and features (including the TouchID fingerprint scanner) into the display glass while ditching the traditional Home key button. The upside of this is a much sleeker look with the display taking up most of the phone's design, but reports indicate it's going to take a lot of advanced technology and effort to put this together. While this sort of thing would pair quite well stylistically with curved display features, assuming both technology types are as difficult to implement as it's claimed, then implementing them together at the same time really does pose something of a head-scratcher. That said, if anyone can do it in terms of innovation and being able to throw a ton of money at the problem, it's probably Apple.



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Samsung Display Exec Confirms Role In 2018 iPhone Display Production

According to new reports dating November 24, the 2018 iPhone will pack a Samsung-made OLED display. Such things are easy to dismiss as over-speculative hokum, but this time we're taking it seriously because it comes straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak. An executive from Samsung Display (Samsung's descriptively titled display production and development arm) has made a statement claiming future iPhone devices will use Samsung OLED display panels. The news comes via the Korea Times:
"Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized OLED displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018," said the executive.
It would appear that the move, along with Samsung's renewed efforts in camera sensor and mobile processor production, represents Samsung making a bid to become as important in component production as it is in producing its own handsets. It seems likely that several consecutive years of less-than-satisfactory sales of its flagship devices compared to iPhone sales means Samsung sees more profit in supplying parts to phone brands that sell in large numbers.
"Samsung Display-manufactured OLED displays have so far been used in all Galaxy flagship smartphones… But demand for handsets will remain weak as time goes by because the handset industry will be reshaped further… Samsung Display needs to have a long-term contract with new and trustworthy major customers for OLED displays," they said.

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