Apple is most likely to release its latest flagship smartphone called as the Apple iPhone 8 this year. While the 2017’s iPhone have not even launched yet and there are already rumours out there for the 2018’s iPhone. If the leaks are to be believed, the Apple iPhone 9 will come with a 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch display respectively for the regular as well as the Plus model.
Apple will be launching the iPhone 8 somewhere around September if they stick to their regular schedule and we do not yet know what they will be called. It could possibly be the Apple iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus or Apple could skip the ‘S’ line up and launch iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus or both.
While we ponder over details about the iPhone 8, the reports for the iPhone 9 are already leaked. Reports are coming in from a possible leak at Samsung stating that Samsung has made a deal with Apple to supply OLED panels for the iPhone to be launched in 2018.
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Some reports suggest that Apple will be launching 3 iPhones this year.- the iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus and the iPhone 8. According to a report by The Investor, the iPhone 8 is the device for which Samsung will supposedly supply 80 million OLED panels this year and that number is expected to be more than doubled next year with Samsung supplying 180 million OLED panels for the iPhone 9.
According to the reports, Samsung and Apple have signed an NDA, which prevents the disclosure of the display size Samsung will provide to Apple. The display size according to the report will be 5.28- and 6.46-inch but we suggest you take it with a pinch of salt.
If the reports are true, the iPhone 9 could be the largest iPhone in Apple’s history, although, there are other reports, which suggest the iPhone 8, the 2017 edition of the iPhone to have a 5.7- to a 5.8-inch display.
To put things in perspective, Apple currently sells the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which have a 4.7 and a 5.5-inch display respectively. Other than the OLED display size, no other component has been finalised yet and it is under joint development like the display features or the design.
Samsung is reportedly setting up a dedicated manufacturing facility in Asan, South Chungcheong Province in South Korea to produce the OLED panels required by Apple.
Contrary to this report, we got different reports earlier, which claimed that Apple is working on Micro-LED displays, which would assumably be used on the iPhone 9 and the new Apple Watch. Reports suggested that Apple would start production of these Micro-LED panels in full swing by end of 2017, which is exactly in time for the 2018’s Apple devices. It is too early to determine what will happen in the future as many of the details about the current iPhones, which will launch in 2017, are still quite uncertain.
We will not know anything about the iPhone 8 or iPhone 9 until Apple comes out officially and makes the information public.