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Here's why the iPhone 8 might feature a curved OLED display

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We may be only a couple of months away from the iPhone 7, but that doesn't mean the iPhone 8 rumours aren't starting to build already.

So far we've heard reports that the iPhone 8's A11 chip design has been finalised, and rumours that Apple is working on OLED tech for the phone's display have been circulating for some time.

Now it seems a recently published patent filing has added to these rumours by revealing Apple's curved OLED display ambitions.

The patent, as reported by Patently Apple, details a new flexible OLED display with bent edges – a feature that could make its way onto the iPhone 8.

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But, as the report notes, Apple's patent filing doesn't limit the design to phones specifically. The technology could be applied to iPads, iPods, a device embedded in eyeglasses, wearables and MacBooks.

The patent itself, entitled "Flexible Display Panel with Bent Substrate", was submitted in January, and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

In the text, Apple notes: "To minimize the amount of the inactive border area of display #14 that is visible to a user, one or more edges of display may be bent".

Of course, a patent filing by no means confirms the design will ever make it to market, and it's no surprise that there's been no official word from Apple on the technology.

However, there have been a couple of patent submissions from the firm that have surfaced this year, which hint at a new curved-glass design for next year's iPhone.

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The handset is expected to launch next September, and is likely to see a huge overhaul for the iPhone range, with Apple expected to introduce minor changes with this year's iPhone 7.

Whether or not the OLED design detailed in today's patent will arrive along with next year's handset remains unclear, but it's certainly a possibility.

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