Could Apple finally be about to take on Samsung for smartphone display dominance? According to various rumors, the Cupertino-based outfit may be about to give future iPhone 8 owners a display worth looking at. Here’s everything you need to know about what Apple could do with the iPhone 8 in 2017.
iPhone 8 display prototypes
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked its suppliers to work on thinner OLED panels, which it hopes will provide the iPhone 8 with a better display than what the Galaxy S8 may get. We don’t know what the specifications of such a screen may be, but if the next iPhone has a display better than that of the quad HD Galaxy S7, it would represent a significant jump in display specifications for Apple with the iPhone 8.
However, according to the report/rumors, Apple has yet to commit to one manufacturer completely. Instead, it reportedly prefers that its suppliers work to produce better quality panels and then choose a possible winner later.
With regards to the OLED panels themselves, the WSJ cites reliable sources who suggest that some may be curved. So how does this fit with the edge-to-edge display rumor? We don’t know, but it would produce an iPhone display with deeper blacks and lower power usage. As strange as it may seem, Samsung would probably supply its rival with these displays. However, companies like Foxconn, LG-Display, and Japan Display are also thought to be ready to provide them.
Right now Apple uses OLED screens in two other products, the Apple Watch and the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, so it’s not new to the technology. However, it’s thought that Apple could struggle to meet any high demand for an OLED iPhone 8. This is because OLED availability is limited worldwide; however, if it does go ahead and use the tech, it will be able to embed technologies such as a fingerprint sensor and a Facetime camera within it.
The pressure is on
Whatever display Apple decides to incorporate into the iPhone 8, it is a company under pressure. Not only is it seeing global iPhone sales decline, but it could be required to return some production to the U.S. Both situations come with their own unique pressures to the bottom-line.
So if the OLED information is accurate, it would roughly fall in line with what Nikkei, and KGI Securities have been reporting, which is that Apple needs a consumer-winning iPhone 8 for 2017. It needs an iPhone that not only brings with it new technologies but also new users.
As for the design of the device, right now, all we have are rumors. No one but those at Apple know if it will be an edge-to-edge bezel-less design or if it will have curved edges. Additionally, the rumors of three new iPhone 8 models for 2017 remain unsubstantiated. However, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Cho Kuo is well-known for his accuracy when it comes to predicting future Apple devices.
We’re very excited about what Apple may deliver in 2017. Fingers crossed that we get a 5.5-inch OLED bezel-less display, increased RAM, an A11 Fusion chip, and a new array of sensors and facial recognition. However, seeing as we’ll have to wait until September to find out, there are sure to be many exciting revelations between then and now.