The rumoured curved-screen edition of the iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8–inch display, an industry insider claims, but only 5.1-inches or 5.2 inches of the screen will respond to touch.
That’s the word from well connected analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who has long told anyone who'll listen that Apple is working on a larger, OLED screen iPhone.
He says that the so–called ‘active area’ of the iPhone 8 is due to ‘specific design purposes’.
That probably means the edges of the phone will not be touch-sensitive and are likely to be reserved for displaying notifications and key information.
Kuo says this feature could be the reason for disagreement among Apple sources about Apple’s plans for the size of its iPhone.
Some reports, including one from Japan’s Nikkei, claimed the phone would have a 5–inch display.
Apple is thought to be plotting three iPhones for 2017. One, most likely the mooted 5.8-inch model, will feature an OLED screen, while the other two will come with a standard LCD. This is said to be down to supply constraints.
OLED displays are brighter than displays with LCD technology and because they don't feature a backlight consume less power too.
A new, all-glass design and improved camera are also expected to feature.
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