Nikkei Asian Review yesterday shot down predictions by IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam and DisplayMate expert Dr. Raymond Soneira who said Apple’s 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will use a flat rather than a curved display. However, MacRumors has allegedly confirmed with multiple people familiar with the matter that the phone will indeed come outfitted with a mostly flat AMOLED display.

The device’s display will reportedly feature slightly curved left and right edges in order to conform with the layer of 2.5D glass that covers the screen.

Curly, not curved?

“MacRumors has confirmed the report refers to a display that is slightly curved at the edges below 2.5D cover glass, meaning the display itself cannot be dramatically curved,” reads the report.

IHS Markit’s Wayne Lam predicted Monday that Apple’s Tenth Anniversary iPhone would adopt “a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design.”

If iPhone 8 ends up having a display with gentler curves than Samsung’s Edge phones, the display won’t provide new user-facing features aside from a rumored function area at the bottom for accessing app shortcuts. That may actually be a good thing.

Fully curved displays with 3D cover glass don’t fare well in drop performance tests as the curved areas shatter easily. Apple’s 2.5D glass solution, based on a flexible substrate, could perform much better in drop tests that Samsung’s Edge devices.

Just what is 2.5D screen glass?

Also known as a contoured edge, 2.5D design allows the cover glass to sit atop the rest of the device’s body rather than being secured behind a slightly raised bezel, creating a more seamless edge appearance. A small curve can be used to make the edge of the glass feel smooth, as opposed to a larger curve that may look more stylish.

Some vendors actually bend the display itself to create a more noticeable 3D effect, as we’ve seen with Samsung’s Edge handsets. 2.5D glass is manufactured in much the same was as a straight glass panel, with the exception of an additional processing layer used to trim and smooth the edges of the glass. As such, 2.5D displays typically benefit from hardening and strengthening manufacturing techniques.

2.5D design is featured on the iPhone 6/6s/7 series.

Both KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo and Chinese research firm TrendForce previously said they expected iPhone 8 to have the same 2.5D glass for display cover as the current models.

Yesterday, Nikkei Asian Review said the screen curvature of iPhone 8 may be gentler than Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge series due to the challenges of making curved glass covers to match screens.

Just how curly the next iPhone’s screen should be?

iPhone 8 mockups via designer Gábor Balogh.

Source: MacRumors

  • Rowan09

    2.5 is fine with me just interested in 3D

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    I’ll take this over the edgier model any day. I don’t drop my phones but this is more safer and prone to damage.

  • Prudhvi Choudhari

    Next iphone is not iphone 8. iphone 7s & iphone 7s plus

    • Rowan09

      They are suppose to make 3 devices according to rumor. Apple can just to the 8 if they please I mean the Note went from 5 to Note 7

    • Shan

      You don’t know that. We don’t even know that. We’re just giving it a name so it has a name.

      • Blip dude

        Which is why calling it iPhone 8 is stupid. We don’t know the name either. It should simply be called “next gen iPhone” but I don’t get why fanblogs and now even actual news sites are beginning to call it iPhone 8.

      • Shan

        Just let it be and let people have fun with it. So what if it’s being called the iPhone 8? It’s just a name. If Phrudvi wants do call it an iPhone 7S, then he can go ahead and call it that but he can’t say it’s definitely an iPhone 7S

    • Innes

      They might do what Microsfit did ( i.e. didn’t use windows 9 name) and call it the iPhone X as its the 10th anniversary edition.

      The following generation phone could then be the iphone X2 and then the X2s.

      I cant see them carrying on the series numbers forever. I mean the iPhone 14 sounds a bit weird right?

  • therealjjohnson

    Why exactly is curved glass a big deal again? Is there some added functionality I’m overlooking?

    • ravinigga

      Maybe looks. I’ve but for the rest meh. Little shortcuts.

  • Ethan

    Wow, thats an ugly concept.