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Apple is Testing at Least One New iPhone Model with a Curved, OLED Display

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November 28, 2016

At least one of the 10 iPhone prototypes currently being tested by Apple includes a version with a curved, OLED screen. That’s according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

A high-end choice

A high-end choice

Here’s more from the report:

An iPhone with a curved screen could be on store shelves as soon as next year.

Apple Inc.’s suppliers say they have been asked to increase output of thinner organic light emitting displays and submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung to differentiate its models.

But there would apparently be one major catch. Any iPhone with the display would be more expensive because OLED technology is more expensive to produce.

Even so, there are a number of advantages compared to the usual LCD display. It uses less power, which means an iPhone would be even more battery efficient. OLED displays are also thinner and lighter, offer wider viewing angles, higher brightness, and improved contrast levels.

The technology is also highlighted by faster response time and better color reproduction. You can see OLED technology on display right now on all models of the Apple Watch.

What else to expect on the 'iPhone 8'

What else to expect on the 'iPhone 8'

Earlier this month, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities said he expects Apple to unveil three different models of the “iPhone 8” in 2017. One model will feature the usual 4.7-inch LCD display. The other two will sport larger 5.5-inch displays. One model will be an LCD screen while the other will sport an OLED display.

Other new features are expected to include a concealed home button, wireless charging, and an edge-to-edge display.

The “iPhone 8” could be announced in fall 2017.