After years of condemning Samsung of cribbing its designs and ideas, Apple seems to be looking to its smartphone competitor for inspiration for the next iPhone.
The Wall Street Journal dropped a big report Tuesday on what to expect from the next iPhone, and a lot of the new features are things that have become important rudiments of a Samsung device.
Let’s break it down:
A curved screen. The WSJ report says the iPhone will have a curved screen. This was a feature that Samsung first introduced in 2014 with the Galaxy Note Edge and later modernized a few months later with the Galaxy S6. Samsung’s next phone, the Galaxy S8, is also estimated to only come with a curved screen. There won’t be a “flat” screen option.
OLED display. The report backs up several other claims that the next iPhone will use a new type of screen technology called OLED. OLED is more power well-organized and shows color better than the LCD screens Apple has used since the very first iPhone. Samsung specializes in OLED displays and has been using them for several years in its phones.
USB-C. This is the most shocking move by Apple. According to the WSJ report, Apple will conduct its proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C, a new standard plug found in all kinds of devices, especially finest Android phones like the ones Samsung makes. This would be a huge turnaround for Apple, which frequently prefers to use its own connectors in order to keep users locked into an ecological unit of Apple-permitted accessories.
USB-C on the next iPhone would tentatively open the device up to a swing of other third-party accessories. This would be the most Samsung-y move Apple has ever made.