Nikkei: three new iPhones in 2017, including premium model with curved AMOLED screen

By , Aug 22, 2016

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As you may have probably heard by now, Apple is expected to save its most significant smartphone overhaul—which many rumors said would include a wraparound screen based on advanced organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display technology—for the Tenth Anniversary iPhone next year.

Japanese outlet Nikkei said today that Apple will position an AMOLED iPhone as a new premium choice. The device should come with a screen possibly measuring more than 5.5 inches diagonally. Moreover, existing 4.7 and 5.5-inch models will be updated next year, too, but are expected to retain flat screens like existing iPhones.

“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,” a source told Nikkei.

David Hsieh, a senior director at market reserach specialist IHS DisplaySearch, told the publication that although the rumored premium model will adopt power-saving AMOLED panels, the other two models will stick to existing LTPS panels.

Unlike LPTS screens, AMOLEDs offer sharper color contrast, higher saturation, deeper blacks and increased pixel count while being flexible. The analyst said that Samsung will be Apple’s sole OLED supplier next year, but cautioned that the South Korean company won’t be able to fully meet demand for both itself and Apple.

Source: Nikkei

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  • Srv Rungta

    this makes absolutely no sense at all! that’s so unlike apple!

    • gadgeteer_uk

      I agree. They will more likely change the whole range of iphones, though it is too early to speculate.

      • MrE23

        It’s never too early to speculate- that’s the nature of speculation! ;D

  • Micke på taket

    Samesung style yo

  • Makes sense, Samsung is smoking Apple in the screen department. I’m not sure I’d like a curved screen but OLED has got to happen ASAP.. Should have been on iphone 7, would have purchased that device in a heartbeat.. but nope.. have to wait another year. Crazy!

    • Rowan09

      Why not Super LCD3? Super Amoled is great but full of contrast when compared to LCD. All I need from Apple is a sharper screen. If they are going curved then the Amoled screen is a better choice.

      • Sohail Wahab

         should’ve switched by now, because of the main reason that they’re struggling, the famous battery life.

      • Rowan09

        If battery is your issue then the 6+ should be the move.

      • armyk

        OLED are not that much better regarding battery life. Main reasson beeing is their consumption when white is beeing displayed. The advantage of course is when black is on screen. So that requires dark OS etc to really make it better choice. And when you are browsong the web it is mostly white…

      • I’m good with any new screen technology.. it just needs to be sharper and brighter.. along with the fact that it doesn’t deplete the battery after 30 minutes of usage.

  • Rowan09

    How did it now move from other suppliers who spent million on producing OLED screens to now just Samsung? This doesn’t make much sense at all.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Next week – confirmed with pictures of only 2 new iphones!

  • Diogo Pires

    I think we can say that Apple is pushing the iPhone over the Edge… 😛

  • Guy

    Tired of all the rumors for iPhone 7, 8, 9. iOS 10 is (beta out) coming and the software makes me disappointed in the hardware.