2019 is set to be the year Android phones finally get exciting again. True edge-to-edge displays, folding form factors and 5G functionality are just a few of the innovations set to appear for the first time.
Now, a report from Korea suggests Apple could be working on something equally groundbreaking: an ultra-light iPhone Max with an integrated touch display.
ETNews reports that Apple plans to ditch the touch-sensitive layer from its iPhone displays in 2019. This will be achieved via a new touch-integrated flexible OLED panel - which should result significantly thinner devices.
According to the report, the 'Y-OCTA' touch-integrated OLEDs are being developed and manufactured by Samsung. As 9to5Mac notes, this appears to be a strategic move on Samsung's part to retain Apple's business. (Samsung currently provides Apple with iPhone displays but the company is allegedly looking to change suppliers.)
When you consider the fact that Apple's handsets are already among the thinnest on the market, the switch to an integrated display could result in a very eye-catching design.
However, to get the super-thin iPhone you will need to pay a premium (natch.) According to ETNews, initial supplies of the new OLED are expected to be limited. In other words, it will likely only appear on flagship models, such as the 2019 equivalent of the iPhone Max XS. Tch.