Let the speculation about the iPhone 9 (not the 7 Plus pictured above) begin!

Just when you thought we'd reached peak iPhone speculation, the rumor mill pops off and churns out a hot new leak to kickstart the chatter.

The leak is concerned with the handset Apple's dropping in 2018 — and no, that's not a potentially delayed version of the device currently being called the iPhone 8, which is still months away from even being officially revealed. 

We're talking iPhone rumors within the standard release cycle for a device slated for fall 2018, which we'll refer to as the iPhone 9 because why not. That next next iPhone could come with massively huge OLED screens, according to a report in the Korean Herald, which was spotted by Mac Rumors.

The rumor comes from supply chain sources claiming to have some insider knowledge of a new agreement between Apple and Samsung. The report claims the iPhone 9 is expected to come in two OLED-screened models, with giant 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch display sizes. 

Those screens would dwarf current displays, as the standard iPhone 7 measures at 4.7 inches while the 7 Plus comes in at 5.5 inches. We can't say anything about the iPhone 9's design just yet, but the uptick in display area might come without a significant bump in the phones' casing size as Apple moves to an edge-to-edge design — for instance, the upcoming 8 is rumored to boast a 5.8-inch display in a profile of just over 5 inches. 

Samsung signed on to provide the iPhone maker with OLED screens for its handsets, starting with this year's model, but the new deal could potentially more than double the number of units due to Apple to 180 million.   

For those of you who aren't satisfied looking just one measly year into Apple's future, no worries: We've already heard a little something about 2019's phones too, from the same sources. That supply chain leak claimed every iPhone will switch to an OLED display by then — and with the Samsung deals and a rumored secret OLED development lab in Taiwan, there's actually more smoke here than some of the less grounded speculations about this year's device.    

As always, though, there's no way to know what Apple will do for sure until the company tells us itself, so we'll have to wait until next year, and then the year after, to know if these massive OLED screens will really be coming to our future phones. 

Until then, we'll just have to stay occupied with this year's rumors. The "final form" of the iPhone 8 has supposedly come to light — but it's still a long time until September, and there will be plenty of new leaks and rumors along the way. 

Source: This article was published mashable.com By BRETT WILLIAMS

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Samsung may be the first to release a foldable phone next year, according to some reports, but it won’t be the only top company looking to launch such devices. A new report says that foldable smartphones are in the works from several tech giants, Apple included, and they may become more and more popular by 2019. But could Apple release its first foldable iPhone as soon as 2018?

To make a foldable phone, you need a flexible display, and a flexible type of glass. OLED is flexible, whereas LCD isn’t, and Apple is already expected to launch its first OLED iPhone with a curved display next year.

According to The Korea Herald, there’s just one company in the world that can mass produce colorless polyimide, the glass that would protect the foldable OLED screen, and that’s Kolon Industries.

“Around three to five tech companies are expected to mass produce foldable phones in 2018 globally. The devices will then grab around 20 percent of the total smartphone market here,” Kolon Industries’ colorless polyimide division head Kang Chung-seok told The Herald.

The company is apparently supplying materials to Samsung, LG, and BOE. Apple may also be one of the companies looking at such components.

The Kolon exec said the first foldable devices could have a bend radius of 5 millimeters rather than the 1-millimeter radius that would allow a wallet-like smartphone fold, where the glass on the face of the handset would actually touch itself.

“The bend radius of 1 millimeter is the most ideal, but that may cause a safety issue. So, tech companies are likely to unveil the bend radius of 5 millimeters first and then gradually unveil devices with less bend radius,” Kang added.

Kolon finished the development of its flexible colorless polyimide glass in August and expects to mass produce films for around 100 million units of foldable devices in 2018.

Apple has traditionally been very cautious about adopting certain technologies, choosing to only bring some of them to market in the iPhone when they have met its performance and quality standards. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the company will release a foldable iPhone — or iPad, for that matter — especially considering that the iPhone will receive it’s first major redesign in four iPhone generations next year.

That said, Apple already has various patents describing foldable devices, including the kind fold just like a wallet.

Source: This article was published on yahoo.com by Chris Smith

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