Next year marks the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, and all rumors are pointing to a radical redesign.
Check out the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s next NEXT iPhone.
This will not be an “S” model of the iPhone 7.
MacRumors spotted a report from an analyst at Barclay’s that claims Apple will skip the “S” model this year, which has historically followed each new phone version, and jump directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8, or possibly “10,” in 2017.
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 will be all display with no borders or bezels.
Rumors that the iPhone 10 will have an all-display front surface first emerged from John Gruber, the plugged-in Apple blogger and podcaster from Daring Fireball.
Gruber claims 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 Apple analyst Ming Chi 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.
There will be a third “high-end” model with a larger screen with a stainless steel frame.
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A report from Kuo predicts Apple will release a third “high-end” model with a larger 5.8-inch screen compared to the Plus model’s 5.5-inch screen.
Kuo also claims it’ll have a stainless steel frame rather than the aluminum, which is more often used than steel in smartphones.
The home button will be invisible.
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Gruber claims 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 tech site i4u that a future iPhone will have an embedded home button.
Recently, 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 news site suggest the 2017 iPhone will have an AMOLED display, which would look better than the LCD display in current iPhones.
It will have wireless charging.
The Barclay’s analyst report summarized by MacRumors claims that the iPhone 10 will have wireless charging.
We also know that Apple is looking into the tecnology from a patent filed on September 9.
It won’t have a headphone jack.
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 the a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus.
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Ming Chi 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 down to the smaller iPhone model, as the optical image stabilization (OIS) 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.