Rumor round-up: a 5.8-inch iPhone!, wraparound displays, more

Every day brings a handful of Apple rumors. Here’s what’s making the rounds today:

According to report in Digitizes, quoting unnamed "Taiwan-based Apple supply chain makers," the Cupertino, California-based company “plans to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone featuring rigid AMOLED display panels in 2018 or even earlier in 2017.” My take: iPhones will get AMOLED displays sooner rather than later, but I don’t think we’ll ever see an Apple smartphone with a display bigger than 5.8 inches. 

However, DisplayMate's Ray Soneira speculates that Apple could be planning to implement "folded edge side screens" on a future iOS device using a flexible OLED display. Such a display would fully eliminate side bezels on the iPhone and would also perhaps implement special buttons or gestures that could be used to control functions on the iPhone using the sides of the device. My take: I think this is possible, perhaps even as soon as late 2017.

Speaking of smaller phones, in a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — RBC Capital Markets predicts the 4-inch “iPhone SE” will net 10 million additional handset sales this year. My take: for the longest time I didn’t think Apple would release the long-rumored 4-inch smartphone, but I’m beginning to think that, as the old cliche goes, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” As for 10 million units sold, hey, why not?

Finally, there’s a rumor that the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro will be revamped at the anticipated Apple event expected to be announced for mid to late March. According to the Gospel Herald, it is possible that 2016 MacBook Air would come in three versions: a 12-inch one, a 13-inch model, and a 15-inch version. My take: I don’t we’ll see any new Mac laptops until June. At that point in time I think the line will be streamlined to simply the MacBook (in 12-inch and 13-inch versions) and the MacBook Pro (in 13-inch and 15-inch versions).