Apple rumored to be prepping new iPhone with curved glass

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

In-display fingerprint authentication would likely boost the iPhone 8's appeal, but it would also increase the complexity of manufacturing the device, thus further contributing to the delay. Bloomberg reported the software will be announced in June at Apple's annual developer conference. They will have the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens as their predecessors.

Apple (aapl) has for the last several months been rumored to be working on three new iPhones for this year.

This will also be the first iPhone with an OLED display and since other manufacturers are not yet ready to ship in large quantities, Apple has partnered exclusively with Samsung Display, placing an order for 100 million panels.

Bloomberg adds, however, that supply constraints may mean that the new-look iPhone could launch some months later than the other new models, although still hopefully before the end of the year.

According to the report, the OLED panel on the iPhone 8 prototype is flat, but the glass curves into the stainless steel frame, while another prototype features more dramatic curves on the glass.

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Based on the latest reports, it seems that Apple is willing to delay the iPhone 8's market release to achieve the design overhaul it plans. An earlier prototype apparently had a thinner steel band and "more noticeable" curved glass on the sides.

Despite all of Apple's new projects the company puts out every year, all many people want is for the iPhone to have a longer charge cord.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were well-received but many complained that the phones were too similar to their predecessors.

It's also possible the new iPhone could drop the Touch ID sensor altogether, according to a report yesterday by MacRumors. It's unclear if the feature will make it in the final product. It will also include a steel frame.

The company is also testing new camera options for the forthcoming phones, including dual camera systems and different placements. The 7S and 7S Plus will continue to use current screen technology. Additionally, we see a cutout for a vertically-arranged dual-lens camera, which matches up nicely with reports we were hearing yesterday.

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