We have a bit of good news for iPhone fans this morning. Word out of Apple’s supply chain suggests that the company is, again, going to adopt curved displays for the iPhone 8. The report says Apple will include it for every model of the phone, which presumably means the smaller standard “iPhone 8” as well as the “iPhone 8 Plus.” This differs from a report last month that suggested Apple might, yet again, not change the design very much.
That’s not the best news of the morning, though.
The Korea Herald said Samsung is expected to offer every one of the curved OLED panels, the sort which have been used by Samsung in phones such as the Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7 Edge and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. “The OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED — not glass — from Samsung Display,” a source speaking to The Korea Herald said. “Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple. The upcoming iPhone may use new sensing technology, which enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device. But, Apple may not adopt this technology.”
OLED panels are great for a number of reasons, primarily because they can help save battery life by requiring less power than other displays. They’re also brilliantly colorful and bright, which is why the displays on some of Samsung’s smartphones almost seem to come to life. The resolution will matter, too, however.
Quad HD iPhone?
We don’t yet know the resolution of the panels. Presumably, Samsung is selling Apple its first-class Quad HD curved displays, again the same ones used in the aforementioned smartphones. Apple hasn’t yet adopted Quad HD display technology in its smartphones, however, so that means this will be its first foray into the market. Users should expect the best screens to ever grace an iPhone if this report is legitimate.