By now, it’s really no secret that Apple’s forthcoming, 2017 iPhone refresh — often referred to by the rumor mill as ‘iPhone 8’ — is poised to be the company’s most dramatic renovation of the game-changing device since its original debut almost a decade ago.
Apple’s 10th anniversary flagship has been rumored to feature a potential top-to-bottom material redesign, including a new chassis constructed of glass and metal, a curved OLED display, new Touch ID interface, and much more. We’ve even heard from some analysts that Apple might be bumping up the iPhone’s display size next year — however, it wasn’t until the most recent report of said screen bump from Business Insider surfaced that this otherwise questionable rumor gained real credibility.
In an exclusive interview with two prominent, well-connected Barclay’s analysts, Business Insider, citing sources with deep ties to Apple’s Far East supply chain, reported the Silicon Valley tech-giant is gearing up to introduce larger iPhone displays next year. Not only will the standard, 4.7-inch iPhone jump up to a 5-inch panel, according to the report; but the larger, 5.5-inch ‘Plus’ model is said to be jumping up to a whopping 5.8-inch curved OLED display.
Additionally, albeit unfortunately, Barclay’s analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn indicated that only the ‘iPhone 8 Plus’ will sport one of these next-generation OLED displays — which are rumored to be a key feature of next year’s handset. Citing supply chain limitations, Curtis and Hemmelgarn told Business Insider that the standard, 5-inch iPhone variant will more than likely retain an advanced LTPS/LCD display until the OLED supply chain matures, hopefully by 2018 — which is when Apple display partner, Sharp, is expected to take over the bulk of the company’s OLED display orders.
The Business Insider report also claims that Apple will be employing an all-new “film-based solution” to facilitate the iPhone’s Force Touch technology, which currently uses a “flexible PCB” plastic film, according to iPhoneHacks. This thinner, more flexible touch-sensitive film could be inclusive of the company’s embedded Touch ID sensor under the display, which is another prominent feature rumored in several earlier reports.
Apple’s vastly overhauled ‘iPhone 8’ will likely be touching down sometime next year, which also marks the 10th anniversary of Apple’s flagship handset.
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