It was going to be the most radical part of the major iPhone 8 redesign, but following a report earlier in the week a double leak today suggests Apple is scrapping its plans for a heavily curved OLED display. First out the gate is Nikkei. The widely respected Japanese publication says that while Apple will add a slight curve to the iPhone 8, it won’t be similar to the “Edge” displays delivered by Samsung Galaxy smartphones in recent years and will provide no additional functionality.
“The curve will be gentler than screens in Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. This is partly due to the challenges of making curved glass covers to match screens, according to the source,” said Nikkei staff writer Debby Wu. “While the curved screen will allow a viewable area of about 5.2 inches and make the iPhone even sleeker, it will not offer significant new functions, the person said.”
It explains that the 5.8-inch OLED panel (with 5.2-inch usable area) “will be flat across the front of the smartphone, and slightly curved along the left and right edges to conform with the layer of 2.5D glass that covers the display, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.”
MacRumor’s writer Joe Rossignol says the initial confusion over a heavily curved iPhone 8 display comes from Apple testing multiple display prototypes based on flexible substrates but had decided to scale back on its initial hopes of adding significant curves.