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The next iPhone may have a curved screen, according to reports


Apple's next iPhone could feature a curved screen.

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple suppliers have been asked to make more organic light-emitting displays (OLED screens) with higher resolution than its competitor, Samsung.

OLED screens are pricier than standard liquid crystal displays (LCDs), but they don't need a backlight. More importantly, they allow for flexible displays, like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung is the world leader in OLED smartphones, an industry expected to reach $18.6 billion by 2018.

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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2016 file photo, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge mobile phone is displayed during a preview of Samsung's flagship store, Samsung 837, in New York's Meatpacking District. SquareTrade, a company that offers extended-protection plans for gadgets, said the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge still functioned after being submerged in water for 30 minutes. Audio was ?permanently muffled and distorted? after the dunking, but the Samsung phones still outlasted Apple?s iPhones in SquareTrade?s water tests. The study, released Monday, March 14, also found that Samsung?s new phones are more prone to breaking than the iPhone 6S, which survived 30 seconds in a tumbling test chamber, similar to a dryer without heat. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

If you need an example,here's a look at the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The curved screen extends slightly over the sides of the phone.

We will make sample OLED screens, but I can’t see them having the potential to become a big market.
Tai Jeng-Wu, CEO of Sharp

Why a curved screen?

iPhone sales have been slowing, and the iPhone's 10th anniversary is coming up. Apple may be under pressure to go all-out with its next phone. But Sharp CEO Tai Jeng-wu said it would cost $5 billion to make enough OLEDs for Apple.

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