Apple planning three iPhone models for 2017, one has curved OLED display

Apple will reportedly turn to Samsung to supply the OLED displays.

Apple plans to launch three iPhone models in 2017, one being a premium version with a curved OLED display, according to Nikkei.

The Japan-based publication reports the premium iPhone will have a similar display to Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge, with its screen bent on both sides. Presumably, the iOS software will be updated to give the sides functionality, like launching apps or tracking notifications.

The display on the 2017 premium iPhone is said to be 5.5-inch or larger, while the other two models are said to have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flat LCD displays like on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

Apple, of course, is remaining quiet on specifics for the future. If Apple chooses to move forward with an OLED display, it would be the first time. An OLED display allows for deeper black levels and is thinner, as it doesn't require a backlight.

Samsung Display is said to supply the OLED displays to Apple, having reportedly signed a deal to build an estimated volume of 100 million in a deal worth $2.6 billion. Samsung is planning to expand its A3 factory line to meet the Cupertino-based company's demand.

Reuters previously reported Apple will move to a glass iPhone in 2017.

Apple is believed to release a new iPhone next month. It's said to have camera upgrades and a new home button.

(via MacRumors)

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