Smartphone maker Apple is planning a 5.8-inch iPhone that will feature a tough AMOLED display. The phone may launch as early as 2017 according to media reports.
The AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays used by Samsung in the Galaxy S7 and Huawei in Nexus 6p, are thinner and more power-efficient compared to current LCD screen on iPhones.
AMOLED display are also praised for their great colour vibrancy and clarity.
According to a pre-publication report in DigiTimes as cited by Motley Fool, the company may move as many as 50 million devices in their first year of availability.
DigiTimes is a China-based daily newspaper and The Motley Fool is a US-based multimedia financial-services company.
Apple is reportedly planning to release two variants of its large-screen iPhone 7 Plus this year -- one with a single-lens camera and one with a dual-lens camera. The dual-lens variant has been rumoured to be marketed as the iPhone Pro.
“Although it doesn’t appear that the initial iPhone Pro will be equipped with an AMOLED display, particularly if it launches with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus this fall, it could make a lot of sense for a second-generation iPhone Pro -- which could launch in the fall of 2017 -- to come equipped with such a display,” read the report in Motley Fool on Tuesday.
Apple currently sells iPhones in screen sizes of 3.5, 4, 4.7 and 5.5 inches with the iPhone 6S Plus being the biggest brethren.
Possible suppliers of the AMOLED screen include Samsung Display, LG Display (LPL) and Japan Display.
Apple’s also rumoured to introduce an iPhone 5se, which will basically be a smaller iPhone 6s without the 3D touch feature. The expected launch of the iPhone 5se on March 21 is also expected to be the date we get our first glimpse of the new iPad. The newer iPad is said to get closer to the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil compatibility and stereo speakers.