Why a Curved Screen Apple iPhone is an Excellent Idea 2018
Apple is suggested to be working on, or considering to build an iPhone with a curved screen which is like nothing we have ever seen before. The closest thing we have to a curved screen is Samsung’s curved edge screen.
What iPhone is planning to do is not to curve the edges of the screen or a small portion of the screen, but to make the whole screen curve inwards like a bowl.
Curved Screen Apple iPhone is an excellent idea which could potentially make Apple the first company to successfully develop a phone of its kind with a curved screen and be used by a large number of people. Over the last 2 years, we have seen phone companies lack ideas on what to bring onboard; this could be it.
New features of the new iPhone X
The iPhone is trying out new things. For instance, the iPhone X allows you to unlock it without you placing a finger on it. They are taking it further to allow you actually to use the phone without even touching it, how cool is that!
Bloomberg has reported that Apple is working to use gesture controls that are touchless in design. This design will allow users of iPhone to navigate and use the phone by moving the finger just above the screen.
If you are familiar with Google’s project known as Soli, they tried to implement the touchless gesture control. Considering that with the iPhone touchless control, you will be holding your phone to use it.
I hope that this feature is not intended to be the primary mode of interaction with apps, let alone the basic functionality of the phone like texting or changing phone settings.
If this touchless feature is used to perform functions like navigating through a website or turning the pages of an ebook or controlling the video or music player, it can work very well.
But since we are talking about Apple, we can expect the unexpected. According to Bloomberg, Apple is opting to use a curved OLED display for this futuristic phone from top to bottom.
But if you have been keen on the smartphone landscape, phones like Google Nexus had phones that had a slightly curved screen. Later on, LG’s G Flex took it up a notch with a stronger curved screen that could not break when bent under strong pressure. Another benefit of the curved feature is how easy it is to get to hold the phone when using it.
All in all these features are yet to hit the market, and we hope that Apple will make this feature a reality. Let us look at the main reasons as to why this feature is really excellent
Curved screens are durable
When a curved screen phone is dropped to the floor, it has a higher chance of surviving a crash or even a scratch on the surface. This is all a matter of design. If you place your normal phone on a table, the screen is at the mercy of the table's for a scratch to be caused on the screen.
If your phone has a slight curve, only the edges which will be in contact with the flat surface will be susceptible to scratching. The phones we have seen before that had curved screens were less prone to scratching.
The same concept applies when you drop the phone. Although a sharp and hard drop can crash a glass, a curved phone has a better chance of surviving the crash because it can land on an uneven surface on the floor.
Curved screens on the phone are ergonomic
With a curved screen surface, you are more likely not to drop the phone because of the grip it offers. Your phone can fit in your hand easily. If you pick up your phone right now, go ahead and try it, you will realize that a huge gap exists between the back surface of your phone and your palm.
It means that your fingertips are the only ones that are gripping your phone. This type of handling wastes a lot of space that could increase your grip on the phone and make the phone sit securely in hand.
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Its advantageous for the software
When using a curved screen on an iPhone, your thumb has a small distance to get to move around the screen. A curved screen flows with the natural arches of the hands, which don’t work well with a flat phone.
This makes it easier for the components of the phone to get to the top of the screen. If you picture the size of Apple's futuristic phone which is rumored to be a 6.5-inch phone, using a curved phone can make it easier for users to use it on the one hand comfortably.
Additionally, there is another bonus. If your phone is resting on your desk, you can open it using FaceID because the screen will be facing your face at an angle. This is great for people who prefer to use TouchID.
It is immersive
We felt the wave and hype of curved TV screens which died down after some time. The curved TVs showed us how immersive the viewing experience becomes as the TVs follow the natural way of our eyesight.
For instance, the IMAX experience got the curved screen right to showcase movies, which brought images closer to the eyes than on a computer monitor.
This is what will also apply to the phones. Since phones are closely approaching or exceeding the 6 inch diagonal, this makes them more friendly to watch episodes of series and movies on the phones.
A slight curve could create an immersive experience when applied to the iPhone. The design of a curved screen also helps to reduce glare from the sun when using your phone outdoors.
Screen privacy and form factor
When holding a smartphone, it becomes hard to hide what you are doing if you have a large phone. When typing, you have to use both hands which makes you expose the screen to people sitting next to you.
But when you have a curved screen, it helps to improve the privacy of your screen because the curved nature makes it hard for people to see the screen, unless you want people to see what you are doing on your phone.
It allows for screen readability in ambient
When using a smartphone in sunlight, the ambient light is reflected back, and it washes off the image's contrast and colors, which will make it harder for someone to read the screen.
To know how much sunlight cuts off the readability of the screen, turn off the display and hold the phone as usual when you use it and walk around with it, both outdoors and indoors.
The reflections from the windows, the lights from the ceiling, and lamps reflection are present when the display is on. You will have to increase the brightness of the skin to be able to view the contents of your screen and counter the interference caused by the ambient light.
The peak brightness of your screen is a special parameter that is important to users. If you use the brightness of the screen more, you will shorten the battery life. When you use a curved display, you cut down the screen reflections.
Apple has a chance of getting it right
Apple is not inventing the curved phone, but the company is coming on to perfect what other companies never did, bundling the iPhone with new features to enrich the curved screen.
The coming year's rivalry of smartphones may pick up as the iPhone is set to shake up the smartphone market which is crowded. We know that the Apple might be developing the phone behind closed doors, following the patent that was released in November 2017.
The patent described the iPhone X’s camera system called TrueDepths that is set to recognize movements of the fingers in 3D space.
This technology is said to be also used in augmented reality where a lot of R&D from Apple has been done. But according to reports, this technology may not be present at least until 2020.
But for those of us who have been in the tech space for quite a long time, this is not the first time Apple is talking about curved screens. In 2016, Apple said it was going to release 3 different types of smartphone where one of them had a curved screen.
But the most distinctive feature we know about the iPhone smartphone is that the screen will curve inwards. According to reports, it is said that Apple is planning to release 3 versions of the futuristic phone.
The first model that is being speculated is the premium model that has a curved OLED screen, while the other two are rumored to be smaller phone factors that will feature curved LCD screen displays that have a lesser quality to them compared to the first model.
Although there are several different prototypes being worked on, it is hard to know the exact sizes and features that each phone will have.
OLED and LCDs
Currently, Apple is using a flexible-OLED display that is on the Apple watch, with Samsung Display and LG Display supplying the panels required.
It is reported that LG Display has been planning to make one LCD factory as a mass producer of OLED displays which will make it possible for the iPhone to introduce its curved iPhone display. Even if the OLED iPhone does not debut in the next one or two years, there is enough time to see how the rumor develops.
Although there are lots of patents on iPhones curved design, we have not seen anything yet. Apple is trying to catch up with Samsung the SouthKorean company which is a strong supplier of OLED displays.
Since there are other players of OLED displays as we have discussed, we expect the future models of iPhone to be in OLED. As time goes by, Apple will use MicroLEDs to solve the challenges of the existing OLED technology like durability.
History of the OLED screen
In the early 2000’s, Samsung came up with the OLED technology, and Samsung has become a market leader in the space of small OLED displays on smartphones. We enjoy the benefits of this technology but Samsung in its earlier days took a gamble on the development process.
The beauty of OLED screen is that they don’t need backlighting because they emit light by themselves, allowing for a much thinner display to be developed. Additionally, the organic compounds of the films are soft, which makes it possible for a company to come up with a curved screen. “But why do we need a curved screen and we have already seen it in use in Samsung Galaxy S6?”
Someone already has this in mind. Well, Samsung’s main goal was to counter the “FoMo” issue. FoMo means the fear of missing out. The purpose of the S6 was to allow a user to assign a maximum of 5 contacts in the phonebook with different screen lights.
Even when the phone is facing down, the curved edge can still be seen by the user in circumstances whereby picking the phone will be rude.
The future of the OLED screen is bright because the target of OLED technology is to make screens so flexible, that they can be twisted and bent without causing any damage, while still having the screens so fluid that they can be rolled up like a napkin.
Although iPhone is looking to enhance the usage of the phone with its new curved screen phone, remember that OLED technology has far more capabilities, only time will tell if this technology will be stretched to its limits.
The display screen has become the central part of innovations for the iPhone. In the latest news that is in the media, especially during the launch of the iPhone X, Apple introduced a display screen that had an OLED display for better efficiency and richer blacks. Rumor has it that the same features are being updated for the new iPhone.
There are more phones that are being worked on by the company that will be released with OLED screens, together with an edge design that is being used on the iPhone X. Rumors have it that there will be smaller and bigger versions of the phone which are going to be released sometime later next year.
Other features that might come with the new iPhone
According to business reports in Korea, Apple is committed to using OLED displays to improve brightness and color accuracy. There is more coming with the new iPhone, as rumors also suggest that Apple will introduce Force Touch to smartphones, which exists in the new MacBook and Apple Watch.
There is also a possibility that the Home button will not be included in the new touchscreen. Apple is also looking to create a much tougher screen by moving to sapphire screens to enhance its scratch resistant capabilities. However, we need to see it first and not rely on the rumors that are flooding.
We all know that iPhone is still the market leader in the smartphone market, though Android lovers might debate about it somehow. All the same, there are givers and takers in the smartphone market.
As Apple continues to push the boundaries of their products, they are still looking for new ways to entice their community of customers to interesting and innovative products that will make the company even more competitive.
We have seen screens of differ materials and features come and go, and we have seen gesture controls in previous smartphone releases, what is iPhone going to do that will be so revolutionary?
We all have to wait and see. What we know is that the integration of iOS software features will be paramount to the success of the smartphone Apple will be launching.
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