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5.8″ iPhone 8 Expected to Have Flat Display

Apple is widely expected to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone 8 with an edge-to-edge OLED display later this year, made possible by slimmer bezels and no Home button. And while some reports have claimed the screen will be curved, a growing number of sources expect the device to stick with a flat display.

“We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone 8 model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design,” IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam, who researches and analyzes the supply chain of smartphone makers such as Apple, told MacRumors today.

iPhone 8 Concept

“Much like the recently announced LG G6, we anticipate a touchscreen with a new longer aspect ratio design to take advantage of higher coverage area of the iPhone in its entirety. This new design language is expected to become the trend for 2017, as we all anticipate Samsung’s reveal later this month,” he added.

Lam is referring to the LG G6’s 5.7-inch LCD display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, meaning the screen’s length is double the size of its width. iPhones have a 16:9 aspect ratio. Likewise, leaked pictures of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 reveal a similarly longer display with slim bezels and no physical home button.

Last month, he explained how the LG G6 achieves a large screen while remaining holdable and pocketable:

LG’s G6 is a study in creating large immersive screen designs that do not break the ergonomic requirements of the average human hand. By addressing dueling consumer demands for larger screens but yet more pocketable device, LG took on the challenge of re-imagining what a modern smartphone should look like and function ergonomically.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Chinese research firm TrendForce have also recently said they expect Apple’s next flagship iPhone 8 to have 2.5D cover glass, which refers to the slightly curved edges that the front of iPhones have had since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.

The Wall Street Journal recently said Apple’s next high-end iPhone will have a curved screen, but the report did not divulge any specific details. The Korea Herald also said the device will have a curved OLED display based on a flexible plastic substrate, rather than glass, which is typically used for flat displays.

Kuo and IHS Markit analyst Kevin Wang previously expected the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 to have a curved screen, possibly with dual curved edges like the Galaxy S7 edge, but each source has since reversed course, which is understandable given Apple has reportedly tested at least ten different iPhone prototypes this year.

Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review and Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis have also outlined expectations for an iPhone with a curved display in the past, so there is clearly a divide between the rumors that might not clear up until “iPhone 8” part leaks likely begin to surface over the coming weeks and months.

One possibility is that reports calling for a “curved” screen are actually referring to the 2.5D cover glass, as seen in previous iPhone rumor cycles. Also, given the flexible properties of OLED, some reports might be simply assuming the next iPhone will have a curved display, when a flat design is still an option.

IHS Markit expects Apple to use OLED on a larger number of iPhone models in the future. Lam noted the longer aspect ratio will afford Apple new uses of the display, such as Touch Bar-like functionality. He also expects the 5.8-inch iPhone to have Touch ID embedded in the display, in line with previous rumors.

Apple’s AirPods finally go on sale in Malaysia

The unusually long wait is just began!

Apple’s AirPods are finally available to buy online after a rare delay pushed back the release by about two months.

The pricey wireless earbuds (RM 849) were listed as available for delivery today but the shipping time gonna take 4 weeks long.

AirPods 4 Weeks Shipping Time

“AirPods will be shipping in limited quantities at launch and customers are encouraged to check online for updates on availability and estimated delivery dates,” Apple said in a press release.

The earbuds will be available in Apple Stores starting next week, but still not known in Malaysia resellers.

Apple unveiled AirPods in September at its big press event for the iPhone 7 that AirPods will be available in late October, but in October, Apple delayed the launch indefinitely.

No headphone jack, no problem: Wireless headphones for the holidays

“The early response to AirPods has been incredible,” a spokeswoman for Apple said at the time. “We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.”

AirPods are incredibly light and come with a built-in microphone for phone calls and the Siri voice assistant. They also have sensors to detect when you take one of the buds out of your ear.

But many have focused on another feature (or bug) of the product: how easy it may be to lose them. For that reason, some companies have already begun selling wires for the wireless headphones.

Apple iOS 10.2 Is Now Available for Update – Whats New?

Finally iOS 10.2 has been released. This is another major update since the launched of iOS 10.1.1 on October 31st. This update includes several major features and many bug fixes.

iOS 10.2

You can update to iOS 10.2 by connecting your device to iTunes or downloading in Settings > General > Software Update. The iOS 10.2 update is available for the following devices: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later and iPod touch 6th generation and later.

What Is Included In The Update?

iOS 10.2 has several features worth pointing out:

– New TV App (Unfortunately it’s not available in Malaysia)

Apple released a new TV app that provides recommendations for new movies and TV shows in the “Watch Now” section and to discover new apps and new iTunes releases in the “Store” section. The “Up Next” section allows you to see the movies and TV shows that you are currently watching and continue where you let off.

– Single Sign-On For Cable TV (Unfortunately it’s not available in Malaysia)

If you are a cable TV subscriber, there is a new Single Sign-On feature that lets you sign in with your credentials once to see the content across various TV apps. According to MacRumors, this feature works with CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GVTC, GTA, Hawaiian Telcom, Hotwire, Metrocast, Service Electric and Sling TV.

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