Apple Reportedly Asks Suppliers for 'Bezelless' OLED iPhone Displays

Apple has asked its suppliers to develop "bezelless" OLED display panels for future iPhone models, The Elec reports.

unbox therapy 15 pro max bezelsiPhone 15 Pro Max dummy model with thinner bezels compared to an iPhone 14 Pro Max, via Unbox Therapy.

Apple apparently asked Samsung and LG Display to develop the new OLED display panels, intending to implement them while maintaining the ‌iPhone‌'s current design, in contrast to the curved displays that some smartphone brands with ultra-slim bezels offer. Apple is reportedly reluctant to implement a display that curves over the side of the ‌iPhone‌ due to concerns about optical distortion and durability.

Apple purportedly wants the bezelless displays to facilitate improved thin film encapsulation (TFE) and under-panel camera (UPC) technology, as well as increase space for components like antennas while reducing interference. Retaining a design with a flat display reportedly enables these improvements, where they would otherwise currently be impossible with a curved display.

Overall, this suggests that Apple is currently planning to offer the bezelless OLED display as soon as the iPhone 17 Pro in 2025, since this device is rumored to be the first to feature under-display Face ID technology, sitting alongside a hole-shaped cutout for the front-facing camera. Likewise, Apple is likely targeting a release date sometime before its own custom microLED display technology makes its way to the iPhone. Apple's first device with a custom microLED display is expected to be the 2025 Apple Watch Ultra, with various reports suggesting that the ‌iPhone‌ will be soon to follow in subsequent years.

Apple plans to reduce the ‌iPhone‌'s bezel over time until there is no bezel at all upon utilizing the next-generation OLED panels from Samsung and LG. This year's ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max models are expected to have the thinnest bezels of any smartphone to date at just 1.55mm.

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MacWiz_007 Avatar
13 months ago
They should try notch-less and dynamic island-less first.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icanhazapple Avatar
13 months ago
Don't you need one or two millimeters of bezel so that the rounded edge of a case is not covering pixels?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
13 months ago
I like bezellessness
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikiverse Avatar
13 months ago

How do you hold it in your hand without touching/covering it, or a case that goes to the edge without a little bit of bezel/margin?
You're holding it wrong... (again).
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Supermacguy Avatar
13 months ago
How do you hold it in your hand without touching/covering it, or a case that goes to the edge without a little bit of bezel/margin?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gpat Avatar
13 months ago

They should try notch-less and dynamic island-less first.
No notch, no dynamic island, no physical buttons, and everything will be perfect so you won't be able to tell if the phone is upside-down or not. Just dreamy.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)