IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam says that Apple will stick to its flat-screen design, but still with an OLED screen versus the LCD technology found in today's iPhones, according to the firm's research on suppliers. Lam anticipates the screen to feature a more gentle 2.5D curve (like the one found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S) instead of a Samsung Edge-style display.
This speculation falls in line with reports from TrendForce and claims from KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo previously stated that Apple will stick to the gentle 2.5D curve because a full-on curved display would be harder to make on a large scale and make the iPhone less drop-proof.
Apple is rumored to be loading the 10th anniversary iPhone with a ton of premium features like OLED screens, a high screen-to-body ratio, and AR capabilities. All these add-ons may result in an iPhone that costs well over $1,000. While OLED displays may be a driving force in the price increase -- Apple reportedly spent billions of dollars securing them from Samsung -- other iPhone parts could keep the price high regardless if the iPhone's screens are curved or not.
For instance, making an OLED screen work with the iPhone's 3D touch pressure-sensitive technology could also hike up the price, Digitimes reports. While 3D touch sensors cost Apple $9 (about £7.40/AU$11.89) in current iPhones, the new OLED 3D touch sensors could cost $15 (about £12.33/AU$19.82) according to the report. While this may seem like a few bucks, it represents a 60 percent price increase for a single component.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Article updated at 4:13pm PT with analyst confirmation.