This year’s ‘iPhone 8’ will include a curved OLED screen and replace the Lightning port with a USB-C connector, The Wall Street Journal reports. People familiar with the process said Apple has already ordered enough of the flexible displays to mass produce at least one iPhone model. While the display will allow for a new curved edge on the device, the iPhone itself won’t be bendable or foldable because of rigid internal components.
The sources said Apple still plans to release two iPhones with traditional LCD screens, lending more credibility to rumors that the OLED model will be a special tenth-anniversary edition, while the others will fall into Apple’s usual upgrade pattern. But all of the 2017 iPhones will be ditching the Lightning port for a USB-C connector for charging and data transfer, and the sources claim the company is also doing away with the home button across its entire lineup. The sources didn’t elaborate on what Apple would use instead of a Touch ID sensor to unlock the device, but the company has patented a variety of methods for reading fingerprints through the display, and some have even suggested a new iPhone could even use 3D facial scanning technology to authenticate a user.