It looks like there could be three new iPhones next year, two of which might be the S models of the iPhone 7.
We still expect an all-glass premium iPhone without borders or bezels, but it might have a smaller screen than previously expected.
Check out the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s next next iPhone.
There WILL be an S model of the iPhone 7.
A Barclay’s report obtained by MacRumors said Apple would skip the S model, which has historically followed each new phone version, this year and jump directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8 – possibly called the iPhone 10 – in 2017.
Now, however, it appears we could expect S models of the iPhone 7 next year with updates to the processor and a new red color option, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and the Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara.
The iPhone 7 S models could have bigger screens.
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Barclays analysts reported in November that Apple is cooking up two iPhones with bigger screens than the usual 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens on the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Specifically, the analysts say the new screens will be 5 inches and 5.8 inches.
With all that said, the report doesn’t specify that the new screen sizes are for S models of the iPhone 7 line. However, considering the rumor contains details on two new screen sizes, we could deduce that they’re referring to two S models.
There will be a third “high-end” model with a medium-sized screen and a wraparound design.
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A report from Kuo predicted that Apple would release a third “high-end” model with a larger 5.8-inch screen compared with the Plus model’s 5.5-inch screen.
Yet more recent reports and rumors claim that the third high-end iPhone will have a smaller 5.1- or 5.2-inch screen that will wrap around the edges of the device. It sounds like a similar design concept as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
It’s said that the high-end model could be more expensive than the usual $650+ for new iPhone releases.
Since 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple does something special to mark the anniversary of its most important product.
The front surface of the ultra-premium iPhone will be all display, with no borders or bezels.
Rumors that the ultra-premium iPhone 10 will have an all-display front surface emerged from John Gruber, the plugged-in Apple blogger and podcaster from Daring Fireball.
Gruber says he has heard insider scuttlebutt that the iPhone 10’s front won’t have any bezels or borders, and that it’ll be one large display.
It will mostly be made of glass, with an aluminum frame.
A report from Kuo, who often accurately predicts new Apple products and features, says that the iPhone 10’s body will be made of glass. If so, it could have a similar aesthetic as the iPhone 4 and 4S, both of which had a glass back.
A report from the Japanese news site Nikkei says Apple is indeed ditching the metal back design for an all-glass back and metal frame.
The home button will be invisible.
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Gruber says the home button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor, will be embedded into the front glass panel, making it invisible.
Gruber’s claims line up nicely with rumors posted by the tech site I4U that a future iPhone will have an embedded home button.
Recently, the Chinese tech giant Xiaomi released new phones with the same technology that Apple described in a patent for alternative home buttons, which could give us an idea of how a future home button on the iPhone 10 could work.
It will have an incredible screen.
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Rumors from The Korea Herald suggest the high-end iPhone will have an AMOLED display, which would look better than the LCD display on current iPhones. The other 2017 iPhones are expected to have LCD displays, however, as previous iPhone have.
And most recently, Sharp President Jeng-Wu Tai told students at a university in Taiwan that future iPhones will include OLED screen technology.
It will have wireless charging.
The Barclay’s report summarized by MacRumors says the iPhone 10 will have wireless charging.
We also know that Apple is looking into the technology because of a patent filed on September 9.
The latest information spill from Tai to the university students included wireless charging.
It won’t have a headphone jack.
This one is easy. Since the iPhone 7 doesn’t have a headphone jack, we can expect future iPhones won’t feature a headphone jack either.
The smaller model will not get a dual-lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus.
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Kuo believes the dual-lens camera will remain an exclusive feature for the larger iPhone models from 2017 onward.
There might have been a glimmer of hope that the dual-lens camera would make its way to the smaller iPhone model, as the optical image stabilization that was exclusive to the iPhone 6S Plus trickled its way down to the regular iPhone 7. But if Kuo’s predictions are true, this will not be the case.