Reports have emerged that the iPhone 8 from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could have a curved OLED screen. This was hinted after display suppliers were requested to produce light displays that are unconventionally thinner. The roll-out date of the Apple iPhone 8 with curved OLED is expected to be next year and will come at a time when the iPhone will be marking its 10 year anniversary.
Apple iPhone 8 with curved OLED would likely be a hit
The advantage of curved screens is that they have a high-quality color reproduction. They also don’t need a backlight which can result in a lighter and a thinner phone. The downside to this is that they cost more and their manufacturing process is also more complicated. But it is not guaranteed that Apple will settle on a curved screen exclusively. It most likely will be released together with other models with displays using the LCD technology. This is not because of the likely higher pricing but also supply constraints due to Apple’s high-quality requirements as well as the complexity of making OLED panels.
“Apple has already figured in there will be high demand for the OLED model and they’ve also figured out there will be constraints to these panels,” Dan Panzica, a supply chain analyst at IHS Markit Ltd (NASDAQ:INFO), remarked in an earlier interview with regards to the rumored Apple iPhone 8 with curved OLED.
Following the pack
The look and style of the Apple iPhone 8 with curved OLED would be like that of the Galaxy S7 Edge from Samsung in that the display would extend to the phone edges. The screen could be a big as 5.8 inches, according to information from KGI Securities, a market research firm. Such a screen would beat that of the iPhone 7 Plus, which currently possesses a 5.5-inch screen.
According to the same KGI report, the supplier of the OLED panel would be Samsung. But while Samsung is considered the leading producer of OLED screens, it currently does not possess the production capacity to exclusively meet Apple’s demands.
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