Apple could be planning to release three new iPhone handsets in 2017, one of which might offer users the long-awaited curved OLED screen we've heard so much about.
Our OLED dreams could become a reality.
The news comes from Nikkei, via AppleInsider, and cites information provided by an unnamed source. In the publication's article, this source is quoted as explaining that “there will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches, and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides.”
Personally, I can see Apple sticking to 5.5-inches for its larger-screen iPhone handset.
Though the publication doesn't mention OLED technology for the device, other reports have; plus, as AppleInsider observes, given that Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge uses an AMOLED panel in order to deliver its curved screen, it'd be unsurprising if Apple's rumored iPhone didn't do the same.
The well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, for instance, argued for a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, noting that the device might launch in 2017. This handset might adopt the “iPhone Pro” name we've heard mentioned alongside the “iPhone 7” series handsets.
This would expand on Apple's iPhone offering, delivering a standard iPhone, an iPhone Plus, and an iPhone Pro – as well as an iPhone SE, for folks with smaller hands.
Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones in September, at a dedicated special event. It seems we'll need to wait until 2017, however, until our OLED dreams become a reality.