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Apple iPhone 8 to have curved OLED screen and USB-C? Wait, what?

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WE are right smack in the middle of Mobile World Congress, but Apple is inadvertently stealing some of the limelight from companies exhibiting at the biggest show for the mobile industry.

The subject? Why, the iPhone 8, of course, which is still expected to arrive in September. The Wall Street Journal has reported two things that may be of interest to you.

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First, that at least one of the rumored three 10th-anniversary iPhone models will have a curved OLED screen. Apple has long used LCD for all its handsets, and chucking it in favor of a display similar to the one you see on the Samsung Galaxy S7 could provide the change the iPhone needs. Remember that the design of the 6s and 7 has not departed from the look of the iPhone 6, contributing to slower sales in China. 

At least one of the rumored three 10th-anniversary iPhone models will reportedly have a curved OLED screen, similar to the one you see on the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Samsung will supposedly supply Apple with the curved screen. According to WSJ‘s sources, the Korean tech giant is the only manufacturer that can make sufficient quantities of the said component.

The special-edition Apple iPhone 8 will reportedly cost about $1,000 (P50,200).

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The second interesting item in the WSJ report is Apple dropping the Lightning port in favor of USB-C. Which is surprising because it’s only been around five years since the Cupertino-based company introduced the proprietary connection. And for the iPhone 7, it killed the headphone jack to make way for Lightning.

Apple is said to be dropping the Lightning port in favor of USB-C.

But if true, then it will be the first time for Apple to use an industry standard. Left the charger at home? Hah, an iPhone 8 user can just borrow an Android user’s USB-C cable.

Come to think of it, USB-C — which is faster than Lightning — is the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with TouchBar’s only input-output interface. There’s no way to connect an iPhone directly to the laptops; you will need to have a USB-C-to-Lightning cable for that. So there may be truth to WSJ‘s story, after all?

We’ll know in, um, September.

Apple iPhone 8 concept via ConceptsiPhone on YouTube

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.