Next year’s new iPhone will feature the massive redesign that some Apple fans wanted this year, and more reports indicate that Apple’s next phone – or at least one version of it – will feature a curved display just like Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge or Galaxy Note 7. Apple will, therefore, not be the first company to make handsets with curved screens, but next year’s iPhone 8 is already generating plenty of excitement.

News from Asia indicates that work on the next iPhones has already started, and several companies are getting ready to enter Apple’s supply chain for the new handset.

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Mirle Automation is one of the suppliers in question, and it has developed forming equipment for the 3D curved glass chassis. Parsed by Digitimes, the report comes from the Chinese publication Commercial Times.

Apparently, Mirle has obtained orders for the newly developed equipment from Foxconn and Lens Technology, with shipments expected to start next quarter.

Digitimes further notes that Foxconn’s glass chassis technology has gone through Apple’s verification process, and the company will supply 3D curved glass for the 2017 iPhone as well. Bern Optics and Lens Technology are two other companies that will supply the same type of display glass for next year’s iPhone.

Recent reports claimed that Apple might launch three new iPhones next September, including one spotlight model that features a curved OLED display. The device would be Apple’s first OLED iPhone, and the first iPhone to feature a curved screen. Apple is celebrating the iPhone’s tenth anniversary next year, so it’s likely that Apple would want to mark the occasion with a very special new iPhone.

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