Early reports suggest at least one iPhone 8 model will ship with an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) display. OLED displays do not require a backlight making them thinner and more responsive than Apple's current LCD displays. OLED displays also feature improved picture quality, better contrast, higher brightness, a fuller viewing angle, a wider color range and require much less power.
All signs point to Apple releasing at least one OLED iPhone in 2017. The most recent report, from Nikkei Asian Review (via MacRumors), claims that later this year Apple will release two iPhone models with LCD displays, and one 5.8-inch iPhone model with an "organic light-emitting diode display." The Nikkei report is in step with previous rumors that claim Apple plans to release a larger iPhone 8 model without a physical Home button or bezels surrounding the display. However, it will take the iPhone-maker a couple of years to go full OLED for all its handset, according to The Bell.
Three seems to be the magical number for Apple in 2017. Recent rumors have suggested that the Cupertino company plans to release three new iPad and iPhone models this year. The next-generation iPhone lineup will include a 4.7-inch model, a 5.5-inch model and a high-end 5.8-inch model, according to the DigiTimes.
With the next generation iPhone just months away, details regarding Apple's flagship smartphone are coming into focus. Previous reports have pointed to a radical new design in the works, set to make a splash at this fall's 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Apple may skip the iPhone 8 name entirely, opting for another title such as the iPhone X for its top-tier model. Two additional models that could be dubbed the iPhone 7s are also expected to launch in September.
Apple will continue to improve the water and dust proofing on the next generation iPhone. This is according to a report in The Korea Herald, which highlighted the change as one of several "drastic upgrades marking the 10th anniversary" of the iPhone. Current iPhone 7 models are the first smartphones produced by Apple to carry an IP67 rating, keeping dust and water out of sensitive components inside.