Even die-hard iPhone fans have to admit that the AMOLED displays on other phones, particularly those from Samsung, look better than the LCD screens on iPhones.
But if the rumors are true, iPhone fans may no longer need to concede bragging rights to other phone screens, as Apple is reportedly looking to use a form of OLED display on the next iPhone. Just prepare your wallet, because OLED isn’t cheap.
But that’s just one of the rumors we’re hearing. Check out all the latest scuttlebutt surrounding Apple’s next iPhone.
1. There WILL be an S model of the iPhone 7.
A Barclays report obtained by MacRumors said Apple would skip the S model this year, which has historically followed each new phone version. The report claimed Apple would instead jump directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8 – or possibly even call it iPhone 10, since 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone – this year.
Now, however, it appears we should expect S models of the iPhone 7 coming later this 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, which are both highly reliable sources.
2. In addition to the new S models, Apple will sell a third “high-end” iPhone.
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A report from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would release a “high-end” iPhone with a larger 5.8-inch screen, compared with the iPhone 7 Plus’s 5.5-inch screen. Many are calling this premium phone “the iPhone 8.”
More recent reports claim the iPhone 8 will have a smaller 5.1- or 5.2-inch curved screen that will wrap around the edges of the device. It sounds like a similar design concept as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. To add more uncertainty to the mix, 9to5Mac says it’ll have a 5.5-inch screen.
So, it seems certain that Apple will release a new high-end iPhone model with some radical design tweaks, but no one can decide what size screen it’ll have.
3. Regardless of its display size, a growing number of analysts say the iPhone 8 actually won’t feature a curved screen after all.
IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lamtold MacRumors in March that he anticipates “Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model,” which directly contradicted a previous report that saidthe high-end iPhone would feature a curved wraparound display. We’re inclined to believe the flat-screen rumor.
4. However big it turns out, the iPhone 8 screen sounds like it’s going to be incredible.
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This is probably the most popular rumor about the “special 10th anniversary” iPhone.
In February, GSMArena reported that Apple struck a huge deal to buy 60 million OLED displays from Samsung. One month prior,Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple would reportedly use a different technology for its Touch ID fingerprint reader, which is linked to the rumors that Apple’s next iPhone will have an OLED display.
Previously, rumors from The Korea Herald suggested the high-end iPhone would have an AMOLED display, even though the other iPhones released in 2017 – like the iPhone 7S, and the successor to the 4-inch iPhone SE – are expected to have LCD displays, like past iPhone models.
OLED displays are superior to LCD displays in almost every way. They’re more power efficient, produce better colors, better contrast, and better brightness.
5. The front surface of the ultra-premium iPhone will be all display, with no borders or bezels.
Rumors that the iPhone 8 would 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 8’s front won’t have any bezels or borders, and that it’ll be one large display.
6. The iPhone 8 will mostly be made of glass, with an aluminum frame.
Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities claims the iPhone 8’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.
7. The home button will be invisible.
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In January 2017, the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple would use optical sensors for the Touch ID home button. According to Kuo, optical sensors will allow the Touch ID button to be hidden, as they can read fingerprints through thicker OLED panels than the current iPhone’s capacitive Touch ID sensor, which needs to be exposed.
Many support Kuo’s prediction, including John Gruber, who says the home button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor, will be embedded into the front glass panel to make it invisible.
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 8 could work.
8. The iPhone 8 will support wireless charging.
In addition, Sharp president Tai Jeng-Wu apparently mentioned to university students that the next iPhone will include wireless charging.
In February 2017, an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that the company recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry group that develops a widely-used wireless charging standard. It’s not a direct admission that that Apple will add wireless charging to its upcoming iPhones, but it’s a pretty good hint that Apple is at least interested in expanding its wireless power technology beyond the Apple Watch.
9. 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.
10. Don’t expect the iPhone 7S to get the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7 Plus. Only the larger iPhone models coming this year will get that feature.
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Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities believes the dual-lens camera will remain an exclusive feature for the larger iPhone models from 2017 onward.
11. The premium iPhone 8 will likely cost over $1,000.
Fast Company’s Mark Sullivan expects the upcoming “special 10th-anniversary edition” of the iPhone to cost more than $1,000, whichlines up with many of the rumors coming out of Apple’s Asian supply chain. This seems to be the consensus across all reports, so if you plan on buying this phone, prepare your wallet accordingly.
12. Apple may announce all the new iPhones at one event in September, but Apple may release the iPhone 7S before it launches the ultra-premium iPhone 8.
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Apple normally announces new iPhones at its annual iPhone event in September. But a recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is struggling to get its high-end OLED phone screens ready for the ultra-premium iPhone in time because there is “there is virtually no time to make changes to the 3D camera system” before a September launch.
As a result, Apple could potentially announce the iPhone 8 with the “S” models of the iPhone 7 in September, or it could both announce and release the premium iPhone model at a separate event later in the year.