Even though the iPhone 8 won’t be released for another five months, the internet is already abuzz with so many things related to it. The latest report comes from Nikkei, who reported that Apple has issued an order for 70 million bendable OLED screens from Samsung.
Last year, Apple signed a deal with Samsung Display (a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics) to supply 100 million OLED displays for their upcoming iPhone 8 model. The company apparently contacted Samsung last month to supply an extra 60 million OLEDs for the device. But according to reports, Samsung intends to manufacture 95 million OLED screens, just in case the demand goes higher than expected.
The report comes from IHS Markit director David Hsieh, who says that Apple will only be tapping Samsung as its lone OLED supplier for this year’s model. This fits the recent report that shows Samsung’s plans to spend $9 billion to expand its production capability for OLED displays this year.
Although there are already reports that Apple will be releasing iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models this year, the upcoming iPhone 8 is looking to be a star for this year’s release. The iPhone 7s will be equipped with a 4.7-inch screen while the iPhone 7s Plus will have a 5.5-inch screen. Both will have a liquid crystal display (LCD) technology with no curved edges.
Possibly, the device will be called as the iPhone Edition, and is already rumored to feature a 5.2-inch screen, 3D sensor for facial recognition, wireless charging, and waterproof capabilities. Unlike past iPhone models, this device is said to have no physical Home button and is believed to cost over $1,000.
Just last month, an image circulated the net and was believed to be an iPhone 8 prototype on its late stages. The device was designed with Touch ID situated on the back of the device instead of the front. And if sources are to be believed, it could possibly be the premium iPhone 8 model Apple is rumored to be developing for release this year.