Apple Asked Suppliers To Ramp Up OLED Output For iPhone 8
Apple might be making changes to its 2017 lines of iPhones, and it's planning to explore more than 10 potential prototype models. It's skipping "S" moniker and call its flagship smartphone "iPhone 8" next year. The iPhone prototypes with curved screens are currently being tested by suppliers out of Asia.
According to Forbes, Apple's suppliers in Asia are being asked to increase the output of "thinner organic light-emitting displays (OLEDs) and submit prototype screens with better resolution" than the ones used on Samsung devices. The iPhones with organic light-emitting displays might have a higher price and would would cost more to manufacture because of the screens. In addition, Apple is also said to have asked suppliers to offer up screens with higher resolutions than Samsung handsets.
It is rumored that by 2017, Apple plans to release three new iPhones models which will include the high end flagship OLED model with a screen size between 5.1 and 5.2 inches. As for the other two, the models might feature LCD panels sized 4.7 and 5.5 inches, the same as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as stated by Appleinsider.
Apple is testing out 10 prototypes as of right now, and the OLED version of the iPhone might not be released next year. Apple might join other phone makers like Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei and OnePlus in moving away from liquid-crystal displays if it does end up switching to OLEDs. Also, it wants to integrate the front-facing camera and the Home button within an edge-to-edge display for the iPhone 8.
The new iPhone is also expected to come with wireless charging with an all-glass body. Apple notably filed a patent for fingerprints to be recognized anywhere on the phone. Hopefully before the iPhone 8 launches, there will be a glimpse of what its bringing into the market before 2017.