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Even though a number of people would still prefer to have more compact smartphones that can properly fit in your front jeans pocket, the growing majority want to have increasingly massive displays to enjoy multimedia content and to scrutinize those Tinder profile pictures. The challenge is figuring out how to get a bigger screen into a more pocketable device. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge accomplishes this with its wraparound display and now it’s looking like Apple wants to follow suit with an iPhone Edge of its own, complete with AMOLED.

According to a DigiTimes report, Apple is working on a new iPhone that would feature a massive 5.8-inch OLED display. Compare that to the already large 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 6s Plus, a smartphone that’s a fair bit bigger than many Android phones that also have 5.5-inch screens. With the iPhone Edge, Apple would borrow inspiration from Samsung’s edge display, curving the screen over the two edges to create a bezel-free experience.

To take this even further, Apple might start removing physical buttons from the iPhone Edge too. The volume and mute buttons on the left side, along with the standby button on the right side, could be replaced with a 3D Touch gesture of some kind. They could also be replaced by a variation on Samsung’s edge view, swiping in from the side to get at a virtual volume slider, for example. The home button could also be eliminated if Touch ID can be integrated into the screen.

Remember that Apple is certainly not opposed to removing things from the iPhone. We already hear that the iPhone 7 could be losing the headphone jack, so getting rid of more buttons is not out of the question. By getting rid of the larger home button needed to accommodate Touch ID and by using a curved wraparound screen, an otherwise massive 5.8-inch OLED iPhone Edge might not be all that much bigger than an iPhone 6s Plus.

While I find it unlikely that an iPhone with a curved screen will be ready this year as the iPhone 7 Plus, it may not be all that surprising if we get treated to this device next year as an iPhone 7s Pro.


Via Macrumors

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