Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 28.
The Cupertino, CA-based company could roll out an iPhone with a curved screen as soon as next year, just in time for the iPhone's 10th birthday, Apple's display suppliers told the Wall Street Journal.
Curved screens are powered by organic LED displays, which pack better color reproduction and don't require a backlight, which results in a thinner phone. But they're also more expensive and more difficult to produce than traditional LED screens.
An OLED phone would likely be released alongside several other models, and could also be rejected during the prototype phase in favor of alternative models, according to the Wall Street Journal's sources.
The design would be similar to Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge in that the screen would wrap around the sides of the phone. It could have an "active screen area" of 5.1 to 5.2 inches, but the screen panel could be up to 5.8 inches diagonally, according to 9to5mac.com, which references a report from market research firm KGI Securities published earlier this month.
Currently, Apple's largest iPhone is the 7 Plus, which has a 5.5 inch screen.