large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

iPhone 8 might miss out on curved screen after all

There’s been no shortage of rumours suggesting that the iPhone 8 will feature a curved screen. But it’s not going to happen, according to an industry analyst.

It’s been widely reported that Apple would be introducing a special third model of the iPhone 8 with enhanced features. One of these was a curved OLED screen, similar to what we’ve seen from Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge.

But speaking to MacRumours, IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam described how even though Apple will introduce an OLED display on the new iPhone (finally!), it won’t be curved. Here’s what he said:

“We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design.”

He continued: “Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area of the iPhone in its entirety. This new design language is expected to become the trend for 2017, as we all anticipate Samsung’s reveal later this month.”

Still, rumour-spinners seem fairly confident that at least one iPhone 8 model will feature an OLED screen. This would be a first for the iPhone, despite rival Samsung having utilised the technology for years.

Unlike conventional LCD displays, OLED screens feature pixels that produce their own light. This means the screen doesn’t need a backlight, saving power. Also, because individual pixels can be turned on or off, the screen can show truer blacks, and thus offer a better dynamic range and wider colour gamut.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 8 in September this year, marking the 10th anniversary of Apple smartphones.

Related: iPhone 7S

What would you like to see from the iPhone 8? Let us know in the comments.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.