iPhone buffs can now breathe easy and ready their credit cards. A few proposed designs for the iPhone 8 model has been released. There have been a few rumors regarding the next iPhone, with most signaling that big changes will be made to mark the 10th anniversary of the device.
New iPhones are typically revealed around September, however for this special edition it’s more likely we won’t be seeing it until 2018, The Sun reports.
Tai Jeng-wu, president of Sharp, the company that make smartphone screens, has recently hinted that the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED screen.
“The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels,” Jeng-wu told a group of students at Tatung University in Taipei.
“We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity,” he said, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
This will surely send the price of the device high, tech experts believe that OLED screens provide the best kind of display because of its better colour reproduction. Users will not longer require a backlight when taking photos and videos. Instead, an OLED-based screen lights up individual pixels when necessary.
The main rumor is that the phone will have an ‘infinity screen’.
This means that the ever present home button will most probably be gone, with a touchscreen menu bar running across the bottom replacing it.
Benjamin Geskin at iDropNews has made some predictions as to what it’ll look like, putting it in a pretty slick concept design.
The concept shows that controls for music, phone calls, Safari and the finger print scanner all run along the bottom, whereas the home and lock screens remain same.
It’s also rumoured that the phone will have a curved back and display.
The Nikkei Asian Review reported: “A supply chain source familiar with iPhone designs revealed the size of the order, which was in line with an estimate by David Hsieh, senior director at research company IHS Markit. It will be the first time Apple adopts a curved OLED screen for its iPhones, marking a major overhaul and generating high expectations for the model.
“Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations.”