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Apple iPhone 8 specs, features, design, release date, price, latest news and updates: Will it have the killer feature we've been hoping for?

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Apple iPhone 8 specs, features, design, release date, price, latest news and updates: Will it have the killer feature we've been hoping for?

Apple's iPhone 8 is one of the most eagerly awaited devices of the year 2017 and talks about its specs, features, design, release date and price have already begun in earnest.

In iPhone 8 latest news and updates, a key new feature of the highly-anticipated tenth-anniversary iPhone will be an OLED display, but this would be no ordinary OLED display, rather a curved OLED display.

All you technology buffs already know that OLED displays aren't a new thing, and that there are a lot of smartphones out there that make use of this technology (and for the purposes of this discussion we can take OLED and AMOLED to be the same thing).

There are also a number of smartphones on the market that have a curved OLED display (think LG G Flex or the Vivo Xplay 6). So, not new.

But so far Apple has resisted making the leap to OLED, instead relying on LED LCD technology. While OLED is better than LED LCD is pretty much every way (brightness, contrast, thinness and lightness, lower power consumption, better field of view, and so on), there are a few places where LED LCD wins, specifically cost (currently much cheaper than OLED) and production yield (you have to throw more panels away because they're not up to snuff).

And curved displays are even worse. Also note that OLED is also more susceptible to water damage than LED LCD, and also have a shorter lifespan.

If you're competing against the iPhone in the smartphone space, then putting up with the drawbacks of going for OLED is worth it because it gives you a feature leg-up over Apple.

However, for Apple, the increased costs and decreased yield are incompatible with shifting tens of millions of units while at the same time keeping profit margins as high as possible.

It also doesn't help that the only OLED panel manufacturer that could handle the sort of production capacity that Apple would demand is its biggest competitor in the smartphone arena - Samsung.

According to IHS Market analyst Wayne Lam (via MacRumors) it looks like Apple's solution is to drop the idea of going with a curved OLED display, and instead choose the cheaper and easier to manufacture flat panel.

"We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model," Lam said, "which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design."

"Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area of the iPhone in its entirety," Lam continued. "This new design language is expected to become the trend for 2017, as we all anticipate Samsung's reveal later this month."

This is in line with what other analysts - including KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and TrendForce - are saying.

There's little doubt that Apple would like to adopt curved OLED (if nothing else so as not to be left behind), but Apple is also undoubtedly looking to the future, and planning what will go into whatever device follows the iPhone 8 come the almost inevitable 2018 refresh.

We will share more details about Apple iPhone 8 specs, features, design, price and release date as they become available.


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