The iPhone 7 is nothing but a mixed bag and let’s face it, people are more interested and excited about the radical iPhone redesign that will release next year on the 10th anniversary of iPhone. Now, however, the excitement for the iPhone 8 has reached a new height because of the recent leaks.
The OLED concept design of Apple 2017 iPhone
After the repeated leaks that the iPhone 8 (we still are not sure about its name as the tech giant has given no name to the phone yet) will feature an “edgeless display”, the paper Korea Herald has a major exclusive which delivers bad as well as good news. Citing a source familiar with the matter, Korea Herald said the OLED version of the new iPhone will be curved as the smartphone maker ordered all plastic OLED from Samsung Display and no glass OLED panel.
The paper said that the Korean smartphone maker is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to the Cupertino-based smartphone maker. Now, we know two important things about the display: An “All Curved” Display and Plastic OLED panel.
The smartphone maker is clearly not designing a banana-shaped iPhone so we suspect the curves the paper is talking about in its post relate to a display which curves at all four sides of the smartphone. A simpler and easier description would have been “Quad-curved” display and given the popularity of the “Dual-Curved” display of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, we suspect “Quad-curved”display it is. Also, the Galaxy S7 Edge is famous widely as the best looking device in the world, hence, more curves would possible make the iPhone 8 even more amazing than the iPhone 7.
Demerit of Moto Force: a plastic OLED smartphone
In addition to this, we still have to see how the Silicon Valley giant fights the worst trait of Galaxy S7 Edge, which is ‘how to hold the phone without registering accidental touches to the display’. The paper, Korea Herald, says the tech giant is working on new ‘sensing technology’ which could detect contact on all sides of the display, and not just the front. Only time will tell how that feature avoids becoming a usability nightmare.
This news is pretty bad if the source of the Korea Herald is right. Now, let’s talk about the plastic OLED. The only advantage of plastic is that it does not shatter like glass because it is softer. But plastic has its disadvantages as well; it can get dints and scratches easily. With its Moto Force, Motorola, the smartphone-making giant, used the plastic OLED but even though the smartphone was indeed shatter-proof, it picked up scratches and marks quite easily.
The softer material of the Moto Force caught dents and scratch very quickly, which again was a disadvantage as most Moto Force phones looked terrible after a year. We highly doubt that the Cupertino-based smartphone maker could somehow harden the plastic. It seems almost impossible.