There are many reasons to be excited about the iPhone 8, including its new size, facial scanning, and fast charging but one of the most radical design changes apparently now won’t happen.

According to a report from MacRumors, Apple AAPL +0.35% has decided to scrap plans to introduce an all new curved OLED display for the iPhone 8. The news comes from an interview with IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam, who explained: “We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design.”

This will be disappointing to many who hoped Apple was primed to follow Samsung’s acclaimed dual curved OLED “Edge’ displays first introduced in 2015 – and result in a far more conventional looking device. Certainly curved OLED displays look superb in marketing shots and add a futuristic aspect as manufacturers chase the new trend of minimising bezel sizes.

For those who hoped the iPhone 8 would take a leaf out of Samsung’s design handbook, however, I’d argue the omission of a curved OLED display might actually turn out to be a good thing – even if it results in a more conventional iPhone design.

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