Apple will not come out with a brand new iPhone redesign this year, that much seems to be crystal clear. But an increasing number of reports claims that at least one of the 2017 iPhones will bring over radical changes. Specifically, Apple is expected to launch a Galaxy S7 edge-like curved iPhone 7 successor next year that will feature a flexible OLED display, a first for the iPhone maker. A new report from Asia indicates that Samsung is already preparing for that rumored iPhone 8 (or whatever Apple calls it), but not to fight against it with a novel Galaxy S7 successor of its own. Instead, Samsung might become the biggest fan of that new iPhone. More →
Foxconn’s $3.8 billion acquisition of Sharp recently passed anti-trust scrutiny in China and will now proceed as planned, according to a report from Reuters. In a statement made on the mater earlier today, Foxconn said that the two companies will now be able to move on and “complete the transaction in accordance with our agreement as soon as possible.”
Apple has the best LCD displays in the iPhone and iPad, and this year’s iPhone might receive further improvements similar to what Apple did with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. But that doesn’t mean Apple’s displays are the best in town. A review of the Galaxy Note 7’s AMOLED screen indicates that Samsung has been able to improve OLED screen technology since launching the Galaxy S7 series this spring. The Galaxy Note 7 matches, or breaks, some of the records of the Galaxy S7, which was touted as having one of the best smartphone displays in town. More →
One recurring iPhone rumor claims that Apple is on the verge of a major shift when it comes to iPhone display quality. The iPhone 7 models will ship with LCD screens, just like all their predecessors. But starting next year at least one new iPhone 7s/8 will have an AMOLED display. That’s the kind of screen mostly found on Samsung’s “iPhone killers,” including the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. In recent years, experts found AMOLED screens to offer a superior experience compared to LCD panels. Even though the most recent LCD displays inside the iPhone and iPad Pro have also been praised in reviews, AMOLED might offer Apple an added edge in the future.
Now, new reports out of Asia indicate that Apple suppliers have already been informed that the OLED iPhone is coming. More →
We’ve already heard rumors aplenty that the iPhone 7 will (finally!) be shipping with an OLED screen. Leaks from industry insiders and supply-chain analysis all pointed to this, and now a new report from an analyst that visited OLED factories says the same thing: OLED screens will be coming to iPhone in 2017.
For years, Samsung has teased fans with flexible and foldable smartphones and tablets, but the company is yet to released any commercial product that people can prod and poke and buy. Sure, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 both have “edge” versions with curved displays, and they’re gorgeous screens, but the curve isn’t a must-have feature in a smartphone. However, Samsung is working on a different type of foldable display, and that’s something to be excited about.
Rumors claim that a Galaxy X flagship smartphone will join the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines next year, sporting a flexible display. The technology is apparently already there, and Samsung demoed a rollable OLED screen in San Francisco at the SID 2016 event.
Apple may be planning to incorporate OLED displays onto the iPhone a lot sooner than previously anticipated. According to a report from Nikkei, Apple in December reached out to both LG and Samsung about the likelihood of ramping up OLED display production in time for Apple’s 2017 iPhone release.
Previously, it was largely believed that Apple wouldn’t begin using OLED technology until the iPhone 8 release in 2018. As for the change to the iPhone roadmap, one of the more interesting explanations behind the switch alleges that Apple is hoping to “offset a predicted stall in iPhone sales…”
Researchers from the Queen’s University Human Media Lab recently unveiled the ReFlex, a smartphone prototype featuring a flexible and surprisingly functional display. By combining a bendable LG OLED display from LG with both multitouch input and bend sensors, the device is able to detect the degree to which a user bends the device in either one or two directions. Not only that, but the device can trigger tactile feedback based on specific use-case scenarios.
We’re used to see all sorts of wild iPhone concepts over the years, and most of them feature wild designs and ideas that Apple is not likely to use in any of its future creations. However, the following iPhone 7 concept looks like something we might actually see Apple release over the next year or two. More →
AppleInsider points us to a recently published U.S. patent application from Apple which suggests that Apple may at some point in the future consider a wrap-around OLED display for the iPhone. The patent covers an item called an “electronic device with a wrapped display” and explains how a flexible OLED display “or other flexible display structure may be wrapped around” a device.
Remember all the recent reports saying that while the iPhone 7 won’t have an OLED display, it’s likely that Apple will come out with an OLED iPhone by 2018? Now, there’s one more hint that Apple’s iPhone is about to go OLED when it comes to screen technology: LG confirmed that it will invest no less than $8.4 billion in a new OLED plant that seems to suggest the Korean giant is preparing for a big boost in demand for OLED displays. More →