Recent report surfaced recently pointing out that Samsung is still named as the sole supplier of the OLED screens to be used in the Apple iPhone 8, the company's reportedly 10th anniversary device. Also, the upcoming device might lean more on the visual upgrades than on the functional upgrades.
For 2017, the Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to unleash 3 new iPhone devices: iterative updates for both the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and of course the highly talked about iPhone 8. Nikkei Asian Review reports that the curve on the Apple iPhone 8 will instead not be as dramatic as those found on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge series.
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"The curve will be gentler," according to the report. The source familiar with the design noted that the reason behind this is partly attributable to the challenges in making curved glass covers to match screens and simplify construction.
Further, Lens Technology and Biel Crystal will be the supplier for the glass backs, while Hon Hai Precision Industry is tasked to provide the front glass covers. And of course, Samsung for the OLED screens itself. In fact, Apple is reportedly to have signed 2 deals to buy the OLED panels from Samsung.
This means that the upcoming Apple iPhone 8 will have a viewable area of about 5.2 inches. The curved panel will mostly be dedicated for aesthetic effects and don't get your hopes up for those gimmicky features such as app pinning. The volume buttons and mute switch could probably be positioned on the sides of the upcoming model.
Wireless charging, a 3D facial scanner, stronger water resistance, and other sensors embedded in the front glass of the device are among the rumored additional features of the new Apple iPhone 8, according to 9To5Mac.
While these rumors are rife as of this writing, Apple declined to comment on the latest report regarding the OLED screens for the Apple iPhone 8. But we do look forward to the day when the tech giant's 10th anniversary units take center stage. In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates.