The OLED display used on a 5.8-inch iPhone could mean a wraparound design


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In the future, at some point, it’s expected that Apple will use an OLED display. But now rumblings are growing that it could mean a wraparound display, too.

Earlier today, a rumor popped up that suggested that not only is Apple planning on launching an iPhone with an OLED display, but that the screen will be measured in at 5.8 inches. The report does line up with previous rumors, as they’ve piled on recently, so by itself it’s not that big of a surprise. Though, with a 5.8-inch display, it’d be the biggest smartphone Apple’s released.

Now, in light of that new OLED-based rumor, DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira believes that Apple could be planning on releasing a phone that’s actually equipped with an OLED display that features a wraparound design. Specifically, this would mean that a flexible OLED display would be used in a future iPhone.

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What that actually means for Apple is anyone’s guess. What it means in relation to other manufacturers that have used this type of display, though, including Samsung with its Galaxy S7 edge, are new controls and gestures, or even new ways to see displayed information.

However, Soneira outlines that he doesn’t believe Apple will essentially “copy” Samsung, but instead do something a bit different, as the company outlined in a patent application back in 2011. With that application, Apple outlined a curved display that would take advantage of the extra display real estate to offer buttons for controlling things like music playback, volume, and more.

Apple’s had previous patent applications where they’ve outlined what a device with a flexible display would look like, including cylinders and more. It’s likely that Apple would use a familiar design for its first device with an OLED wraparound display, though.

It remains to be seen what Apple’s actually planning, of course, and using patent applications to gauge where Apple’s intentions lie for future plans isn’t a guarantee by any means. But, flexible displays are certainly becoming more common, so it’s not impossible that Apple would have plans to launch something in the future.

[via MacRumors]

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