Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to drop an amazing set of handsets next year. These include the iPhone 8 and a few new iPads as well. Analysts are certain the company will focus on gadgets that defy its norms, an opinion driven by a few factors. One of these is the significance of the 2017 flagship. It will mark 10 years of iPhone production and, for this reason, experts are sure the firm is out to make a revolutionary device for next Fall. Apple also has investors on edge over declining sales. Wall Street has emphasized the tech giant’s need to produce innovative products that will offset its reliance on iPhone sales. However, instead of pushing out all-new product lines, Tim Cook and his company are more likely to focus on making existing devices like their iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches a lot more appealing.
It is already mid-November and 2016 is coming to an end. Consumer tech giants are more or less done with new releases too, now set on making the most of the holiday-shopping season. So what can we expect from Apple next year? Well, analysts believe the iPhone 8, along with the next range of iPads and MacBooks, will be huge on display tech.
New edge-to-edge iPads from Apple
Industry analysts were holding out for new iPads to land this fall. Reports now suggest Apple’s next iPad, or range of iPads, will land in March 2017. They will get a recognizable face-lift and a long-awaited upgrade in screen tech. Right now, the company pushes out iPads in three screen variants. They come in 9.7- and 7.9-inch display sizes, with the giant iPad Pro offering a whole 12.9-inches.
But a few changes are said to be coming to the iPad, of which the most talked about is an edge-to-edge display. Apple is suspected to be doing away with the bezeled design on all its handsets next year. There is also talks of a new screen sized iPad that bridges the gap between the mega iPad Pro and its smaller compadres. Apple could unveil the new 10.9 inch iPad in March.
The alleged arrival of the edge-to-edge screen iPad is highly contested. While experts at Barclays say the new design will be seen in the coming months, the likes of KGI Securities — a trusted conveyor of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) happenings — says iPad fans will probably see these slick new iPads some time in 2018.
Apple takes OLED
Pushing the excitement for Apple’s next iPhone — thought to be the iPhone 8 — is the tech firm’s adoption of OLED technology. Apple has long been critisized for not making the most of its screen tech. The company’s defenders point out that OLED comes with its own set of drawbacks like not retaining its clarity over time. However, Apple has been working on its own screen innovations for years and it thought to finally be making the switch to OLED next year.
Experts predict OLED screens to feature on most of the company’s devices, from the iPhone to the iPad. Even the next Apple Watch is expected to see a great OLED screen upgrade.
OLED offers a few benefits over LCD and other screens. Plastic OLED is a lot more flexible and resilient. This means the screens are less likely to crack when dropped or scratch over time. They also allow better color contrasts due to how they relay pixels. Simply, dark colors gain a lot of depth while bright colors become noticeably more vivid.
Big edge-to-edge OLED iPhone 8
It is speculated that the iPhone 8 will ship in bigger screen sizes too. This is according Blayne Curtis and Chris Hemmelgarn, two analysts at Barclays. Compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’s respective 4.7- and 5.5-inch display sizes, the experts stated this week that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will have 5- and 5.8- inch screen sizes.
Adding to the aesthetic, Apple Inc. is reportedly taking a page from Samsung’s flagship smartphones. The iPhone 8, like the next set of iPads, could come with an edge-to-edge display. This adds weight to the speculations over OLED. Edge-to-edge touchscreen designs demand displays that aren’t opposed to bending. OLED would be Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) most ideal choice in this regard as it allows for curved edges without the bezels.