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iPhone 8 rumors: Apple has ordered 70 million bendable OLED displays from Samsung

Caitlin McGarry, Oscar Raymundo | April 4, 2017
Rumors are already swirling about the "revolutionary" 2017 iPhone. Here’s all the latest.

 

Is this what it could look like?

The rumor: We’ve all heard the rumors of an edge-to-edge OLED display (scroll down if you need to catch up), and now it’s easier to imagine what that would look like. Working off a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Benjamin Geskin created new renders for iDrop News. Click through to see more, showing what the phone would look like if the most popular rumors all come true. You’ll notice the top “forehead” is shorter, the bottom “chin” is nearly gone, the Home button’s fingerprint sensor is now embedded into the screen, and the screen stretches to the very side edges.

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Benjamin Geskin for iDropNews

Plausible? Renders can be hit or miss, but this seems like a very plausible design, if the edge-to-edge rumor is true. Still, the final look reminds us a little bit of the Samsung Galaxy lineup! What we really can’t wait to find out is if Apple uses special materials for a high-end iPhone Edition, like it did with the Apple Watch Edition, and also what colors the new iPhone will sport.

 

An iPhone 7 Edition with a later release date?

The rumor: New reports have surfaced to corroborate earlier rumors that the iPhone 8 won’t be ready for the usual September launch date. Japanese news site Macotakara is reporting that the iPhone 8 will actually be called the “iPhone Edition,” and even though it will be announced in September alongside the new iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, it won’t actually be available until much later.

The cause for the delay? Apparently, STMicroelectronics, the new supplier of the iPhone’s 3D camera sensors needs more time to ramp up mass production. The 3D camera is expected to be a major new feature on the iPhone 8/Edition, will the potential to do facial recognition and augmented reality.

Plausible? It sounds like the iPhone 8/Edition will most likely be delayed, as several reports have claimed. First, it was the fingerprint sensor on the OLED display that was causing hiccups, and now it sounds like there are issues with the 3D camera, too. Before that, we heard that Apple was beginning production earlier this year, and now it turns out production won’t actually start until the fall. So, with all these rumors pointing to a delay, it seems like Apple is preparing us to have to wait a little longer for that revolutionary new iPhone.

 

Fingerprint sensor causing delays?

The rumor: Apple is working on a proprietary fingerprint sensor for the new OLED-equipped iPhone 8, which could delay production past the usual September launch date, according to Digitimes. Apple is reportedly developing this feature by combining technology from two of its acquisitions, sensor firm AuthenTec and glass identification company Privaris. Digitimes is reporting that the iPhone 8 will be launched in November this year.

 

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