It seems like just yesterday we were all losing our minds over the iPhone 7. But then the rumors about the Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 started swirling, and now here we are, waiting in anticipation. While there was previously speculation about the new iPhones having curved screens, the Korea Herald reports that the rumors were true: All of Apple's iPhone 8 OLED versions will be curved.
According to Fox News, the iPhones with curved OLED displays will be one of three distinct iPhone models to be released next year. In addition to the OLED versions, Apple is expected to release two LCD flat-panel models, a 4.7-inch display and a 5.5-inch display for the iPhone Plus.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said of Apple's plans:
"We predict OLED iPhone will be 5.1-5.2-inch, despite various market speculation. In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8-inch, while that from the downstream points to 5-inch, which does not conflict, in our view. We predict OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.7-5.8-inch flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nonetheless, for 'specific design purposes', the actual active area may be around 5.1-5.2-inch. Other than the OLED model, we expect Apple to launch new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhone models."
Regarding the curved OLED panels, an unnamed source told the Korea Herald, "The OLED versions of the new iPhone will all have curved screens as Apple ordered only 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."
Plastic OLED is typically used for curved panels on devices like the Galaxy S7 Edge, according to the report, while flat panels typically use glass OLED. And so far, all of Apple's OLED panel orders have been for plastic models, not glass models, which is more flexible than glass and allows the display itself to curve a little bit.
While the OLED displays will be curved, the phone will not be foldable, as other rumors have suggested.
But that doesn't mean it'll be the same as the Samsung Galaxy series, which adopted curved panels before Apple. "The upcoming iPhone may use new sensing technology, which enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device," the source told the Korea Herald. "But, Apple may not adopt this technology." The source didn't elaborate with any more details, so it's still far from clear at this point.