Apple will play catch up with the competition when it unveils its dual edge curved display phones, according to iPhone 8 Rumors.
The company is testing over 10 prototypes for new iPhone models eyed for next year’s launching, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The prototypes include designs with dual edge curved screen, according to iPhone 8 Rumor sources.
The technology called OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) makes the curved displays possible. This display has deeper blacks and lower power consumption.
The new iPhone model’s other features include glass casing, wireless charging, and a new edge-to-edge screen design. These features are on top of the latest chips and technology.
Apple To Release iPhone Curved Screen Model
Apple has yet to decide on the new iPhone design. But Barclay’s analysts believe that the new model would have a bezel-less design with larger screen size and curved edges in the original envelope.
Other analysts surmise that the company plans to release three iPhone models in 2017. One model will have an OLED screen between 5.1’ and 5.2’ in size, a KGI Securities analyst wrote. The two other models will still have LCD screens.
However, Apple could cancel the launch of the curved screen design model next year, the Journal cautions. The company had scrapped an iPhone model months before the 2016 launch.
The Nikkei Asian Review confirms the introduction of OLED iPhones.
On the other hand, the Nikkei Asian Review reveals that Apple has plans to introduce OLED iPhones but starting 2018.
OLED Makers Plans Facility Expansion
Samsung will supply most of Apple’s initial OLED requirements. But the company is urging other screen manufacturers like LG Display, Foxconn-owned Sharp and Japan Display, to develop their own OLED technology.
Sharp need to spend over $5 billion to develop the technology and capacity to produce OLED screens.
Sources also reveal that LG Display will invest $802 million in a new production line for flexible OLEDs. This new production will make small and medium-sized displays for mobile phone and wearable applications.
The type of OLED screen used in smartphones is called AMOLED. The acronym means Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes.
Samsung first used AMOLED screens in its smartphones. Other companies like Motorola, Nokia and LG have followed suit. In contrast, Apple still uses LCD screens on iPhone.
Samsung still dominates the global supply of AMOLED panels used in smartphones. But, in 2019, the South Korean company will face serious competition from China-based AMOLED makers.
This year, Shanghai-based Ever Display Optronics, Tianma Micro-electronics, and Govisionox Optoelectronics supply the AMOLED requirements of smartphone companies Xiaomi Technology, ZTE, and Coolpad.