The two iPhone 7S models will essentially supplement the existing iPhone 7, meaning that 4.7 and and 5.5-inch handsets should be expected. However, Cowen and Company also believes that Apple could be about to include OLED technology in the smaller version of the next generation iPhone as well. This will be dependent on the ability of Samsung to supply a sufficient quantity of the technology, as well as the consumption of Apple’s existing LCD inventory.
In order to deliver these new design elements, the iPhone 8, or iPhone X, will utilize the “fixed flex” screen. This was previously used in the now sadly defunct Galaxy Note 7, and has been a common aspect of recent Samsung releases.
If the OLED display is delivered as anticipated then it had previously been expected that numerous key components will be embedded into the display of the device. This would enable an edge-to-edge front panel in the iPhone 8 to eliminate bezels completely. Thus, such features as the iPhone 8 earpiece, FaceTime camera and Touch ID fingerprint sensor could be moved in the next generation.
However, Arcuri rejected this notion, suggesting instead that Apple could decide to switch to Synaptec’s optical-based fingerprint reader for the new Touch ID sensor. Arcuri believes this to be the only workable solution for detecting a fingerprint through the screen of a smartphone at present.