Apple’s next iPhone is expected to adopt a 5.8-inch wraparound AMOLED display that utilizes a fixed flex screen like Samsung’s ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

That’s according to a note Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri issued to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. Arcuri refers to the so-called tenth anniversary iPhone as “iPhone X”.

The analyst claims the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus models may switch from LCDs to AMOLEDs, too, if Samsung Display is able to supply enough panels to Apple.

The rumor-mill previously called for a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 model though the actual usable size of the display may be smaller: according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 8 will boast an “active display area” measuring 5.1 or 5.2 inches diagonally, or smaller than the existing Plus models of the handset.

Arcuri’s note corroborates earlier claims that iPhone 8’s edge-to-edge front panel will embed such components as the earpiece, FaceTime camera and Touch ID fingerprint sensor directly into the display assembly. The device may adopt Synaptec’s optical-based fingerprint reader for its embedded Touch ID sensor because that’s “currently the only workable solution” for in-screen fingerprint recognition, reads the note.

Lastly, the analyst contends that iPhone 8 may gain a laser sensor positioned near the front-facing Face Time camera that should be employed in the expected facial and gesture recognition features. Other iPhone 8 capabilities mentioned in the report include wireless charging and dual-sourced baseband modems from Intel and Qualcomm.

In fact, Apple may buy more modems from Qualcomm this time around, most probably because of the reported speed issues with iPhone 7’s Intel modem.

That would be despite the latest lawsuit by the FTC which charges Qualcomm with bribing Apple and other smartphone vendors into using its chips in exchange for better royalties, which the chip maker vehemently denies.

Summing up, the three new iPhone models scheduled to launch in 2017—iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 (or “iPhone X”)—will represent a “feature-rich launch” for the Cupertino firm, in the analysts’s own words.

You’ll recall prior rumors alleging that only iPhone 8 would have an AMOLED screen and all-glass industrial design with a shiny metal frame while iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus would presumably retain their LCD screens.

Apple’s rivals are reportedly worried that iPhone 8 will gobble up the entire supply of AMOLED screens. Samsung Display, the world’s top producer of AMOLED smartphone panels, will be the lone supplier of iPhone 8-bound AMOLEDs. By 2018, Foxconn-owned Sharp, Japan Display and LG Display should join Apple’s AMOLED supply chain.

Source: AppleInsider

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Man, I do hope that this is true. It’s time for a radical redesign… #RememberingSteve

    • jOn Garrett

      There was a little ready a radical design, in 2015.

    • Ria1979

      Enough with the Steve crap. Yes he introduced the iPhone and lead the charge but come on, he’s been gone years. Let him be……..

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        If you think Steve is crap, you shouldn’t be on this site. Oh and One More Thing go f***k yourself.

      • Ria1979

        Have I touched a nerve? You sure got a hard on for Steve. This is not a worship Steve site.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        This isn’t a site where we call Steve crap

      • Ria1979

        Seriously dude, how old are you? Goodbye forever.

  • pnh

    Waiting for the article “iPhone 8 screen to be made from raw cookie dough”.

    • Jamessmooth

      Ohhhhh sounds delicious!

    • Iskren Donev

      I would lick-, I mean like that…

  • jOn Garrett

    Sounds like a Galaxy i8.

  • Rowan09

    What is a fixed flex screen?

    • Shinonuke

      Same. I, too, would love to find out

    • Kaptivator

      I’m thinking “Fixed” meaning mounted to hardware that will be stationary as in non bendable. The flex screen is the flexible display screen kinda like what Samsung has on the Galaxy. Where the screen edges round over and show stuff on the side like the time and stuff like that so you don’t have to actually look at the face of the phone. If I’m not mistaken, that is Flex Screen or a flexible display. Go to wiki and search flexible display and scroll down to Samsung. It will give you more of what I am trying to convey. However, after reading the wiki page, others have had this tech for a while besides Samsung. No sarcasm, bro. I had to look it up myself. Just was sharing what I took from it.

  • Jamessmooth

    I don’t know. I’m so used to the plus screen size that it would be hard to go down to iPhone 8 if in fact it’ll be like 5.1 inches. Gonna have to be insanely feature rich to make me step down. 5.8″ would be fantastic.

    • askep3

      Pretty sure the non active part of the screen will be used for something, we’ll just have to see

    • nova12

      Both my wife and I went from the 6+ to the 7 and neither one of us miss the big screen. The adjustment didn’t even seem like an adjustment.

      But I suppose that’s 100% subjective.

      • Jamessmooth

        Any particular reason why you went smaller?

      • nova12

        Nothing to do with the performance or anything. I just got tired or the larger footprint. wanted something smaller in my pocket and hand. I’ve got decently big hands (yuge!) but it was still just too big for me to be comfortable with, especially in my pocket. Same for my wife.

        Also, I hated when the home screen rotated (used to like it, but it seemed like it was really slow returning to portrait — weirdly, only when I was jailbroken; might have been a tweak I had). So I’d turn off rotation in control center, but then need to turn it back on in-app where I wanted to use landscape. Then turn it off again. Just kind of a pain.

        It all added up to not working for us, is all. I do wish the 7 had the portrait camera feature, though.

      • Kaptivator

        I would love something between the 7 and 7plus. Like you said, the footprint of the plus is massive. I tried it out and returned it after a day or two because it was cumbersome in pocket.

  • ChloeWade

    That’d be shit if they actually made the premium device smaller than the plus like that would piss a lot of people off i think it’s highly unlikely I think they’ll make it at last the size of the plus plus if a active display is 5.1 and 5.8 inch panel that’s a lot of bezel

    • askep3

      I doubt the “non-active” part of the display would be useless, it will probably have some cool features of its own.

  • Will Maitner

    *sigh* I want a larger screen and larger device, not the same size screen on a smaller device.. If this is true, I’m not sure, but I may give Android another try..

  • Ria1979

    I don’t think there will be 3 models. Either straight to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus or 7S and 7S Plus special editions.

  • meir cohen

    Ya ya sure
    Another ifix Article.
    What a bout ios 10.2.4 update? And ios 10.3.7? And ios 10.6.9? Or maybe ios 10.7.3? Or ios 10.6.3? Or maybe ios 10.4.7???? I like the ios 10.6.3 or maybe the ios 10.7.2?? I don’t really remember.
    I thing it was ios 10.5.8 i don’t know. Or maybe ios 10.8.8 ???
    ijoke keeping joking on you !!!
    WAKE UP !!!!

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    To be clear, when you guys write about the “iPhone 8”, you are refering to the upcoming 2017 model, correct?

    Why not call it the 7S?