Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-known analyst from KGI Securities, says that Apple will be launching a revamped iPhone in 2017. Instead of full-metal chassis, next year’s iPhone is expected to sport a glass chassis like the older iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models.
The iPhone 5 from 2012 came with metallic chassis, but the body of the predecessor models, the iPhone 4 and 4S, were mainly made up of glass. Even though Apple has options like ceramic and plastic for iPhone 2017, it will ultimately go for glass panels for the smartphone like iPhone 4, Kuo stated.
The front and rear panels will be made up of glass and it will be fitted with a metal frame. The smartphone will sport a curved design and it is expected to sport an entirely new form factor design, Apple Insider reported. Kuo added that the iPhone 2017 will feature a curved display with slim bezels.
The iPhone 2017 is expected to house a larger display of 5.8 inches. Even though it will feature the largest display in an iPhone, its form factor will be smaller than iPhone 6S Plus and 6 Plus smartphones that feature 5.5-inch screens. Apple is expected to release iPhone 2017 in two screen sizes of 4.8-inch and 5.8-inch. Both the devices are expected to feature AMOLED screens.
A new feature that Apple is going to introduce in iPhone 2017 lineup is wireless charging. Even though Kuo has not spoken about it, recent rumors suggest that the company is working on low-range wireless charging feature for its next year’s iPhone models. As far as biometric recognition feature is concerned, the 2017 iPhones are rumored to come with facial recognition or iris scanner.
This year, Apple is rumored to be working on three iPhones namely iPhone 7, 7 Plus and 7 Pro. The iPhone 7 Pro is expected to come with a dual-camera system. All the three smartphones that are expected to release in September this year will not be featuring a 3.5 mm audio jack in a bid to carry slimmer design.