KGI predicts bezel-free 5.2-inch OLED iPhone 8 for 2017, alongside iPhone 7 refresh

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The report notes that the OLED iPhone will have an ‘active screen area’ of 5.1 to 5.2-inches but the panel itself may be up to 5.8-inches diagonally. This probably means the user-interactive touchscreen will be about 5.2 inches with the remaining area wrapping around the edge of the phone, as rumored…. A detailed description of the OLED iPhone changes was not given but it seems like it will feature a bezel-less front design with the Home Button somehow integrated into the display. The screen panel would extend around the sides of the phone for aesthetics similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge.

This is bonkers. Sounds like Apple are planning an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, alongside a new flagship iPhone 8 with a radical new design for next year. Launching three new iPhone models at once will be a big break from form for Apple, and will really cement the radically redesigned iPhone 8 as "the 10th anniversary iPhone". I wonder if they planned this lineup from the start, or if the expected higher price and lower yield have stopped Apple from making the iPhone 8 the 2017 iPhone.

I'm jazzed for this. A 5.8-inch OLED display with an active area of 5.2-inches sounds to me like the display could wrap around the sides of the device in a very dramatic way, melting into a glass panel covering the back to accomplish the rumoured all-glass body. I'm imagining iMessage effects like balloons and fireworks that light up both the front and sides of your iPhone. How amazing would that be? I am still completely puzzled about where the Home button, TouchID, selfie camera, and earpiece will go on an iPhone with no front bezel, and how the volume buttons and sleep/wake button would work if the display covers the sides of the phone. If I knew how to solve those problems, I guess I would work at Apple.

The more we hear about Apple's 2017 iPhone plans, the more excited I get, especially since I skipped the iPhone 7 this year in anticipation. Ten months to go, but my body is already ready.

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