The next iPhone could be a HUGE success for smartphone rival Samsung
iPhone 8 could be a huge success for rival Samsung.
Apple has reportedly placed an order for 160 million OLED panels from Samsung to use in the iPhone 8.
Apple likely needs all the panels it can get for its new flagship smartphone.
The OLED panels are expected to be between 5.2- and 5.8-inches. Apple is purportedly planning a drastic redesign to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone range.
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iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button
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Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button
iPhone 8 is predicted to debut a new industrial design – dropping the aluminium unibody in favour of glass on the front and back of the device, surrounded with a metal bumper.
The OLED display is also rumoured to be curved, wrapping around the device and shrinking the physical footprint of the device.
Apple is also expected to drop the Home Button from the front of the phone – a first for the iPhone.
Rumours indicate the iPhone will have almost no bezels bordering the display, and will see the Touch ID fingerprint sensor technology somehow integrated into the screen itself.
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In 2016, Apple and Samsung agreed a 100 million unit deal for its panels.
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iPhone 8 will introduce a number of new technologies, including an almost bezel-less display
According to the latest reports, the Cupertino-based company has now extended its manufacturing agreement with Samsung and has requested 160 million panels.
A timeframe for the delivery of the ordered OLED panels is not specified in the report.
Apple currently only uses OLED displays for its Apple Watch and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
The latest report comes as a source revealed some good news for those who consider the iPhone 7 too small and the iPhone 7 Plus too large.
With the current iPhone line-up weighing in with either a 4.7-inch panel (iPhone 7) for a 5.5-inch form factor (iPhone 7 Plus), it has been suggested that the next iPhone will land somewhere between the two – with a 5-inch display.
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The flagship new iPhone is codenamed Ferrari and expected to have two logic boards
That's according to reliable rumour blog Macotakara, which cites sources inside Apple's Asian operations network when it comes to the new dimensions.
Just because a new 5-inch iPhone is purportedly on the way, that doesn't mean the existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch handsets are on the way out.
Instead of ditching these previous screen sizes, Apple is tipped to launch a trio of new handsets later this year, with the 5-inch model to feature a more impressive spec sheet than either of its siblings, which will reportedly be marketed as the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
Alongside the power bump and new dual-curved OLED panel, the latest reports claim the 5-inch iPhone 8 will be the only one of Apple's next-generation devices to ship with wireless charging.
According to Digitimes, two companies used by Apple to produce parts for the iPhone have had orders placed for flexible printed circuit boards that can be incorporated into products with OLED displays.
The report claims that Flexium is currently developing relevant components for a next-generation iPhone 8 with a curved OLED display.
Flexium believes its technology will help it secure the majority of orders for iPhone 8 by mid-2017.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, January 1, 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 looks set to be the smartphone to beat this year. Following a swathe of rumours from the Chinese supply chain, a number of graphic designers have cooked-up high-resolution renders of what the smartphone could look like, when it launches in the UK in April 2017
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Samsung Galaxy S8 will get a dramatic new design, with no buttons, and an edge-to-edge display
The Digitimes report claims that Flexium has posted flat revenue for the first 11 months of this year, when compared to last year due to the dwindling demand for the iPhone 7.
Apple did not significantly shake-up its iPhone formula with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The new smartphone kept the same industrial design used on the previous two iPhone models.
But that could change in 2017.
Apple looks to be pulling out all the stops for the next iPhone launch.
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The next flagship iPhone, codenamed Ferrari, will ship with a substantial internal redesign
Leaked manufacturing documents published online this week appear to confirm Apple will bring three separate iPhone models to market in September.
It looks like Apple is planning two minor upgrades, likely dubbed iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, with a possible new red colour scheme and updated internals.
Alongside these smaller spec bumps, Apple is reportedly building a third, high-end iPhone model – codenamed Ferrari, according to the manufacturing documentation.
This new top-tier model looks set to tick-off a slew of wish list features for Apple fans.
According to the leaks, Apple iPhone 8 will boast glass panels on the front and rear of the device, with a slight curve to the borderless OLED display.
Apple is expected to drop the iconic Home Button, hiding the fingerprint sensor technology underneath the glass display instead.
Ferrari is also reported to ship with a substantial internal redesign that splits the logic board into two units connected by a flex cable.
One of these logic boards will carry the main grunt of the iPhone, like the rumoured A11 system-on-a-chip and flash storage.
Meanwhile, the communications package with the Wi-Fi and cellular components will live on a second, separate logic board.
Apple is also rumoured to relocate the SIM card tray to the bottom of the handset to make room inside the device for internal components, like current-generation iPad Pro models.