What the iPhone 7 gained in its internal upgrade is severely lacked any new design or stand-out features. However, as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone reports suggest Apple might revamp the smartphone in a major way.
Even though Apple has not confirmed it will release the phone, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will release three new iPhones next year.
Kuo says Apple will roll out a 4.7-inch model with a single-lens camera and LCD display, a 5.5-inch model with a dual-lens camera and LCD display as well as an all-new OLED model with a dual-lens camera.
Kuo’s report says:
“We look for new 2017F iPhones to come in three models: one OLED model, and two TFT-LCD models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display. We believe the OLED and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhones will feature dual-camera. Based on this prediction, our forecast of dual camera adoption rate in new 2017F iPhone models is revised up from 30-40% to 65-75%. We view this increase as favoring Largan’s sales and profit momentum as it is the exclusive supplier of wide-angle and telephoto lens. It also bodes well for Apple’s dual camera software ecosystem.”
The display size of the OLED version was not disclosed by Kuo. That model is expected to be the main phone among the three devices, according to MacRumors. Kuo previously said next year’s iPhone would be 5.8 inches with a curved OLED display and glass casing.
Meanwhile, Barclays analysts have recently said Apple will release a 5-inch LCD Phone and 5.8-inch OLED iPhone. The phones were rumored to be curved with a bezel-less design.
Nikkei, a Japanese website, had some more rumors. Apple will roll out three glass-backed phones in 2017, varying from 4.7-inches, 5-inches to 5.5-inches, according to Nikkei. The website also said one of the iPhones next year will have a OLED display.
There were some rumors recently that said Apple would get rid of the home button and switch the fingerprint sensor under the screen for the iPhone 8, but Kuo did not back those rumors in his new report.