‘iPhone 8’ Release Date, News & Update: Apple Likely To Adopt Curved, OLED Display On Next Flagship Device?

By Jun Pasaylo , Updated Dec 19, 2016 09:32 AM EST

Apple may likely depart from the classic aluminum and glass covered iPhones. This after news surfaced that the Cupertino tech giant will showcase the next generation iPhone 8 in a plastic, curved, and OLED display. The company has already tested the curved glass architecture on iPhone 7 series and Apple Watch.

A report from the Korean Herald, citing sources familiar with the development, revealed that all of the upcoming iPhone 8 series will sport curved plastic OLEDs. The US-based company has already ordered around 100 million plastic OLEDs from Samsung Display, the report added.

Apple will likely follow Samsung in curved technology as plastic OLED panel are already being used in Galaxy S7 Edge. A report from 9to5Mac said that this development affirms speculations that Apple will introduce three smartphones in 2017, a flagship OLED display and two less radical models of iPhone 7 series.

"The OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED -- not glass -- from Samsung Display. Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple," the Korean Herald quoted the source as saying.

While the outside features may present striking similarity with Samsung Galaxy Edge, the upcoming iPhone 8 smartphone will set itself apart on hardware architecture. The iPhone may likely use new sensing technology that enables the device to respond when users touch any side of the gadget.

On the race to the top of smartphone technology, Apple will likely depart from ordering panels from Samsung Display starting next year to prevent leakage of information. Apple is currently working with LG Display and Google to developed foldable panels for its upcoming smartphones. Samsung has already announced that it is moving toward foldable phones technology and may likely release a flagship product in 2018. Watch the trailer teaser of iPhone 8 here:

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