There is a loose coalescence of intel regarding what molds the iPhone 8 will take shape in come next year. More analysts and sources are pointing to two phones with larger screens but roughly in the same dimensions as the past three iterations of iPhone. But a third size, with screen size said to be between the existing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors, has been popping up in research notes recently, including one from yesterday written by KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo.
Further details from a KGI report today make expectations for Apple to make this the sole model to feature a wraparound OLED screen. The screen, provided exclusively by Samsung, will have a hypotenuse of 5.8 inches while its capacitive touch sensor will only span 5.2 inches. Bezels will be minimized to near zero while the Home Button will be integrated into the display.
KGI belives this special model will act as a technological showboat for Apple while the company continues to maintain the “bread-and-butter” models. The Plus is supposed to get optical image stabilization support for both of its wide angle and telephoto lenses. Both conventional iPhones will still feature LCD screens and an iterative design derived from the iPhone 7 series, but with glass as the main industrial material.
It was not likely from the outset that Apple would be able to obtain enough OLED panels from Samsung for full-slate iPhone production. The third iPhone 8 could enable Apple to offer it at an elevated price and/or depress its other models’ costs — however it wants to drive iPhone sales.