Apple may have dropped its plans for three iPhone models this year, but a new report claims that the company is planning to launch a trio of handsets in 2017. Intriguingly, one of these is set to sport a curved screen which will slope on both sides of the smartphone.
Rumors about a curved iPhone in 2017 have emerged before, with many pointing towards a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge-esque design. The new Nikkei Asian Review report confirms this theory and adds some fresh information on top of it. According to the publication, two versions may continue the legacy of a flat 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone, while the third could either measure 5.5-inch or more.
As per a source familiar with Apple’s plans, this premium model will feature a screen bent on two sides. The brand is apparently looking to utilize OLED technology for this variant as it offers sharper color contrast, in addition to being flexible. On the other hand, the two ordinary versions will stick to the same rigid LTPS panel adorning the brand’s current lineup of handsets.
Interestingly, the report also claims that Apple is commissioning these new OLED displays from Samsung. This falls in line with earlier speculation which had stated that the latter was supplying over 100 million such panels for the 2017 iPhone. The South Korean brand is notably the only manufacturer in the world to produce flexible OLED screens.
Other than the new-and-improved screen quality, Apple might also revamp the design of its future iPhone from the ground up. Instead of its current all-metal style mantra, the company may switch to a front glass cover and chassis which will be joined by a metal bezel. This overhaul is supposedly going to affect all its smartphones next year.