iPhone 8 will strain world’s supply of OLED displays

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Rival smartphones makes will be forced to use alternative display technologies.
Rival smartphones makes will be forced to use alternative display technologies.
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Apple will acquire 14 percent of all OLED panels produced this year for the upcoming iPhone 8, according to a new report.

Cupertino, along with South Korean rival Samsung, will require so many that rival smartphone makers like Huawei will be forced to use alternative technologies due to an insufficient supply.

iPhone 8’s curved OLED display to be made by Samsung

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How the iPhone might look with curved glass.
How the iPhone might look with curved glass.
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Apple’s “premium” iPhone 8 will offer an OLED display with curved glass similar to that used by Samsung, according to a new report out of Japan.

In fact, sources say the display will be manufactured exclusively by Apple’s South Korean rival, but its curves won’t be quite as pronounced as those found on the Galaxy S7 edge.

Top Apple analyst says Wall Street underestimates iPhone 8

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We hope the next iPhone is this beautiful.
We hope the next iPhone is this beautiful.
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Sales of the upcoming iPhone 8 could be even bigger than most people are expecting, according to Morgan Stanley’s top Apple analyst, Katy Huberty.

In a recent interview, the Wall Street analyst said that the new iPhone will have so many innovative new features is will trigger an avalanche of upgrades that will likely shatter Apple’s old records.

2017’s ‘iPhone Edition’ to arrive late, OLED display uncertain

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The iPhone would look better without bezels.
Don't get your heart set on OLED just yet.
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We’ve all been calling it the iPhone 8 for months, but according to a new report out of Japan, Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone will be named “iPhone Edition.”

The device is expected to be announced alongside the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus,” but we’ll have to wait longer to actually get our hands on it. What’s more, sources claim that the OLED upgrade we’ve been looking forward to isn’t a sure thing yet.

All-glass iPhone 8 concept art looks totally gorgeous

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We hope the iPhone looks this good.
We hope the iPhone looks this good.
Photo: Daniel Csonth

Apple fans are anxiously awaiting the grand unveiling of the iPhone 8 which is expected to have the thinnest bezels of any iPhone ever. How Jony Ive will go about reducing the bezels is still a mystery, but one concept designer has a great idea: make the body all-glass.

In his new iPhone 8 concept, Daniel Csonth imagines how Apple could make the OLED screen double as a speaker so that there’s no ugly bezels at the top of the camera. The end result is an iPhone that looks like window into the digital world.

Check it out:

Apple won’t go all-in on OLED until 2019

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Rival smartphones makes will be forced to use alternative display technologies.
The iPhone 8 will be the first to get OLED.
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Apple may not put an OLED screen on every new iPhone this year, but a new report is claiming all iPhones will pack the new display tech within two years.

According to the latest rumor out of Apple’s supply chain in Asia, the Cupertino plans to double adoption of OLED panels in 2018 before going all-in in 2019.

Apple suppliers make big bets on iPhone 8 circuit boards

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iPhone 8 logic boards are big business right now.
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Apple suppliers are investing tens of millions of dollars into the production of flexible printed circuit boards to meet inevitably strong demand for an iPhone 8 with an OLED display.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics is reportedly expanding its production plant in Vietnam at a cost of $88 million, while Interflex is expected to make a similar investment later this year to ensure steady supply.

Curved OLED displays will be exclusive to premium iPhone 8

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Not all iPhone 8 models will be created equal.
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Apple will indeed bring OLED displays to the iPhone 8 this year, according to fresh reports out of Japan — but you’ll have to pay a premium to get your hands on one.

Sources claim the new 5.8-inch curved display will only be available with the high-end iPhone, while the more affordable 4.7- and 5.5-inch models will carry LCD panels similar to those Apple has been using since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007.