Apple just ordered 70 million curved OLED panels from Samsung for the iPhone 8

Nearly 100 million LCD panels means $$$ for Samsung

Hold on to your iPhones, it's going to be a bumpy ride. Image via Wikimedia Commons

Rumour had it that Apple has been buying OLED panels from Samsung for some time now, and the latest report from Nikkei has proven just that. Apple has reportedly ordered 70 million curved OLED panels for its iPhone 8. Research suggests that while Apple has ordered 70 million screens to start with, Samsung will produce close to 95 million panels to keep up with expected demand.

According to the report, Apple should be launching three iPhone 8 models for the handset’s tenth anniversary. The device is expected to cost more than $1,000 (Dh3,675), thanks to this new Samsung curved OLED screen. The screen size is said to be around 5.2 inches.

Apple will also be releasing the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, but these will retain their current LCD screens, in 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively.

A source familiar with iPhone design and the industry says all three 2017 models will feature wireless charging, amidst overheating issues. They will also be water and dust resistant. The source also adds that the iPhone 8 will come equipped with a 3D sensor that allows advanced facial recognition. Finally, he adds that the iPhone 8 may ditch the physical home button, as Samsung has already done in its S8 devices.

As usual, rumours are rife surrounding the release of these devices and we can only expect more. Stay tuned to catch them all.