It almost feels like we’re talking more about the iPhone 8 than the 7 and 7 Plus already, which come to think of it, isn’t as absurd as it sounds, since 2017 is widely believed to be the year of a radical redesign and great number of under-the-hood hardware improvements.

While Apple reportedly leans towards a bezel-free, all-glass construction for next-gen, S-skipping iPhones, some sort of stainless steel combination is probably saved in the pipeline as a backup if the former’s production proves too tricky.

It’s also possible at least one “specialized” iPhone 8 edition will sport a dual-curved, Samsung-borrowing display, with both (or all three) main versions expected to finally transition from LCD to OLED technology.

When we say Cupertino might borrow edgy screens from its Korea-based arch-rival and occasional ally, we mean that in a literal way, though purchase would of course be a better word for it. Only Samsung is unlikely to be left solely in charge of OLED component-supplying for “next-generation” iPhones, as Sharp enters the mix too, according to old reports and a new Bloomberg one.

The financial publication has it on good authority that “Apple’s general strategy is to increase the competition on the supply side”, thus encouraging Sharp, or rather parent company Foxconn, to invest more than half a billion dollars in OLED manufacturing facilities. It remains to be seen if the strengthened alliance can bear fruit as early as 2017, or down the line in 2018.

Source: Bloomberg

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