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Friday, 27 January 2017
Sricharan R

Chennai: Here is another addition to the new set of rumours that suggest that iPhone may get a new flexible touch screens. This will stop handsets from shattering when dropped, ultimately meaning that your phone is unbreakable.

Apple is planning major changes for future iPhones. The reports surfaced on the web after screen manufacturer Japan Display one of Apple's main supply partners, unveiled new bendable smartphone screens. The screen is dubbed as the full active flex.

Flexible smartphone screens have been a much talked about feature in recent years. Both Samsung and LG have already launched its flexible handsets but the degree of flex has been minor. According to new reports, Apple's first flexible phone could feature a far more manipulatable display, allowing users to bend and fl ex their phones at will.

The flexible screen has a number of practical benefits. By substituting out traditional glass backing to LCD displays, the new panels use plastic either side of the liquid crystal layer. Despite adding new flexible smarts, these new panels won't cut corners when it comes to image quality.

The panels shown off are 5.5-inches in size and feature a 1080p Full HD resolution. That's the same size and resolution as the current iPhone 7 plus screen. But If you're hoping to see this flexible form handed to the next release, sorry, but your dreams are set to be dashed. Instead, the panels won't begin production until 2018, meaning an iPhone 9 debut it more likely.

Despite the iPhone 8 not being lined up for a flexible makeover, that doesn't mean it won't feature an impressive new design. Reports have suggested the phone might get a curved display as part of a major redesign. This new finish will reportedly play host to a faster processor, improved cameras and new iOS 11 software when the phone launches in September.

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