Rumors about a curved OLED iPhone 8 have just gotten a shot in the arm thanks to a fresh report which claims that Apple has asked its suppliers to increase their output of thinner OLED screens. Interestingly, the brand is also asking its partners to submit prototype panels which have a better resolution than the ones produced by Samsung.
People familiar with Apple’s blueprint told the Wall Street Journal that the firm is apparently exploring more than 10 different prototypes for the iPhone 8. Rumors so far have hinted at 3 different models namely a 4.7-inch LCD, 5.5-inch LCD, and 5.1-inch or 5.2-inch OLED option.
If true, having 10 potential candidates would throw this speculation into question since Apple could choose to not opt for an OLED panel for next year. An earlier report had claimed that the company may manufacture limited quantities of an OLED iPhone 8 or push back adoption entirely since supplies are constrained.
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The Journal claims that Samsung is Apple’s chief OLED supplier since it’s the only display maker who’s capable of producing enough quantities. However, the Cupertino-based brand is hoping that Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display ramp up production to handle some of Samsung’s workload by 2018.
A curved OLED iPhone 8 will likely translate to higher costs since such screens are pricier than standard panels. The handset will likely feature a number of innovations such as a bezel-less screen, an all-glass look, a fingerprint sensor beneath the display, and truly wireless technology.