iPhone 7s With 5.8 inch Curved OLED Screen In 2017
Previously, it was expected that Apple wouldn’t release an iPhone with an OLED screen until 2018 or 2019, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now saying that Apple will most likely accelerate their plans to include an OLED screen in the iPhone 7s as early as 2017, along with other improvements including curved glass casing, a curved display, and wireless charging, a recent shift among portable electronic device manufacturers which allows the device to be recharged by simply laying the device on top of a charging pad instead of having to plug it into a charger.
According to Kuo, the new curved iPhone 7s screen, measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, will be based on Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED)
Always an innovator, Apple wants to distinguish itself by moving away from the metal casing designs that have become common. Apple plans to advance the “glass sandwich” used for the iPhone 4 and 4s even further in the iPhone 7s with a design that has a curved glass body on the front and back and metal sides, featuring narrow bezels for a more comfortable grip, according to Kuo. “The analyst believes Apple is looking to implement exotic materials to further differentiate iPhone from a sea of competitors,” reports AppleInsider. “Kuo expects Apple to choose glass for its new case design as the material is easy to mold and boasts properties that facilitate thin-and-light form factor designs.”
According to Kuo, the new curved iPhone 7s screen, measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, will be based on Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED), more commonly referred to as OLED, which offers several advantages over the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens that iPhones currently use. OLED displays are thinner, lighter, and more flexible than LCDs. They allow for deeper blacks and offer more vivid and nicer colors. Since they don’t require a backlight, they’re also more power efficient, giving better battery life. Apple currently uses an OLED screen in the Apple Watch, where all of those advantages are much appreciated.
Publication site Nikkei reports that sources familiar with Apple’s business deals say that Apple reached out to suppliers LG and Samsung in December to talk about producing more OLED for the iPhone 7s. If sufficient numbers of OLED screens can be obtained by Apple, Kuo believes that the iPhone 7 lineup will include a 4.7 inch LCD based iPhone and the 5.8 inch OLED based iPhone as the new iPhone Plus. But if OLED supply cannot keep up with demand, then Kuo beleives Apple will offer 4.5 inch and 5.5 inch LCD iPhones, similar to the iPhone 6 lineup, while the 5.8 inch OLED based iPhone will be a premium model.
Using OLED screens in the iPhone would allow Apple to catch up with Samsung, who already uses OLED screens in the Galaxy S7 Edge. It could also help boost Apple’s iPhone sales which seem to have peaked. But Apple has their design work cut out for them as they try to incorporate the OLED screen along with other possible additions to the iPhone including integrating iPhone controls and features (including the TouchID fingerprint scanner) and more biometric recognitions (facial or iris) into the display glass while eliminating the traditional Home key. Since the screen would then be taking up the vast majority of the phone’s design, the new 5.8 inch model may actually look smaller than the current 5.5 inch iPhone. It is quite the technological challenge, but if anyone is up for that, it’s Apple.