Apple will release three new–look versions of the iPhone in 2017, with one featuring a curved display aimed at taking on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7.
A source with knowledge of Apple’s plans told Japan’s Nikkei: “There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides.”
This claims tallies with previous rumours that Apple has ordered millions of flexible OLED displays from Samsung.
The Korean giant is the world’s largest manufacturer of such screens, meaning Apple will be dependent on its major rival for a key component of the handset it hopes will reignite interest in its flagging iPhone brand.
A curved screen iPhone will be the headline device in a range which will also feature an all–new glass and metal design.
The forthcoming iPhone 7 is set to feature the same metallic finish as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.
It has long been rumoured that Apple is plotting a massive overhaul of the iPhone for 2017, designed to mark the tenth anniversary of the original version.
In the meantime, consumers will have to make do with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are set to feature improved cameras and larger storage.