Apple Inc. has just recently released its latest smartphone flagship and people are still lining up to get a brand new iPhone 7 but rumors are already swirling about next year’s iPhone. This is because 2017 is the 10th year anniversary of the iPhone and the multinational technology company definitely has something major planned to celebrate the occasion.
Rumors suggest that next year’s iPhone will have design similarities with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is a reliable analyst for Apple rumors. It means that the 2017 iPhone could feature a glass front and back design with an edge-to-edge, all-glass display which would make it much less scratch prone. The glass will be built around an aluminum or stainless steel frame with higher end models likely to feature stainless steel.
Macrumor reports that the iPhone 8 will have a radical redesign with a much larger 5.8in display possibly due to reduced bezel. The camera, touch ID fingerprint sensor and home button may be built directly into the display, thus creating the new iPhone’s likeness to a single sheet of glass.
The display itself will be a flexible OLED rather than an LCD, which will save power and will offer a better display with better color contrasts for deeper and darker shades and more true to life colors. Apple is reportedly in talks with Sharp to be one of its main suppliers of OLED displays to use in the 2017 iPhones.
According to Bloomberg, Apple wants to diversify its OLED sourcing so it has multiple options. Sharp is investing $566 million in OLED production factories which will start churning out displays by next June.
Inside the smartphone, rumors suggest that it will be equipped with a 10-nanometer A11 chip which will be faster and more efficient. Observers also predict that it will include features like long-range wireless charging, biometric additions like an iris scanner or facial recognition and may come with virtual and augmented reality technology.
However, these are still just speculations and rumors as Apple hasn’t released any details yet about the iPhone 8. The new model is expected to make a debut in the fall of 2017.
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