Analyst: iPhone 8 will rock Galaxy Edge-like wraparound AMOLED screen

By , Jun 1, 2016

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IHS Technologies analyst Kevin Wang writes on Chinese social network Weibo that the iPhone 8, which we believe will release in the fall of 2017, will come outfitted with a dual-curved display similar to that found on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 edge, for a virtually bezel-less appearance. He also said just yesterday the next iPhone would replace the entry-level 16GB tier with a more capacious 32GB SKU.

Curve me gently

The claim matches up with prior reports indicating that this year’s iPhone will retain the iPhone 6/6s design as Apple has moved to a three-year handset refresh cycle, with major technological advances and revamp planned for a 2017 iPhone model.

Multiple supply chain reports have indicated that Apple’s vast Asian network of component suppliers is making preparations and retooling factories in anticipation of mass production of OLED panels for the iPhone 8.

That being said, Wang is first out of the gate to specifically postulate that Apple’s tenth anniversary 2017 iPhone will utilize an AMOLED screen which wraps around the left and right sides of the device.

Just a gimmick?

Samsung’s device attempts to take advantage of the curved screen by showing a ticker of information on the edges, such as the time, sports scores, night clock and so forth.

Provided Wang is right, Apple might do the same for the iPhone 8 and it has an added advantage of 3D Touch that might actually enhance interacting with screen edges. For the sake of completeness, Apple owns patents for wraparound smartphone screens so it’s not like the company’s engineers haven’t shown interest in developing an iPhone with a wraparound screen.

Source: MobiPicker

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  • Jamessmooth

    Gimmick is possible, but people thought the Note was a gimmick too…

    • Shinonuke

      Note is a gimmick but it is cool feature to have. I gotten a note 3 thinking I’ll use it to take notes…nope. It’s great to draw with though. This wrap around screen looks cool and stylish. I don’t mind having an iPhone with that type of screen

      • Jamessmooth

        I meant screen size mainly.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    I’m down to get the 8. I believe the galaxy edge phones are the sickest phones made except that it runs android so this is good for me!

  • Jason B

    If Apple truly is moving to a 3 year refresh, wouldn’t this phone be the real iPhone 7 (2017), with some other iPhone 6S(X) (2016) being the one about to release? The iPhone 8 (2020) is actually 4 years away…

    • Lit

      Yes. I think articles are just saying iPhone 7 for this year and 8 for next year to avoid confusion.

      • Jason B

        What is really going to be confusing, if this is true, is when we start talking about the 2017 iPhone 7, once the 2016 iPhone is released, and all this old news starts popping up!

  • Micke på taket

    Hmm 2017 ,,

  • ravinigga

    Serious what is the point of the edge beside looks good?

    • rockdude094

      If I’m gonna lay down a grand for a phone, it better look good

  • Johnny

    It will never happen because they have no idea how to build it with wraparound edge