Everything We Think We Know About Apple's Next iPhone So Far
- Author: Latoya Cobb Nov 29, 2016,
Nov 29, 2016, 17:46
In 2017, 10 years after Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January 2007, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models will likely come in their current respective 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes and feature LED displays, while a new version of the Plus is expected to carry an OLED screen, according to a post from investment analysis group KGI Securities.
However, the WSJ also says the OLED model is one of more than 10 prototypes being considered by Apple, and may not actually be released.
It is no secret that the web has been awash with rumors about the iPhone 8's quality and Apple's plans for a renewed launch of the iPhone 7. Next year marks the 10th anniversary for the iPhone, and both analysts and market researchers believe Apple wants to offer at least one model that delivers numerous innovations competitors like Samsung have offered for the last few years. The report also said that the device would be equipped with a multi-sensor camera and a fingerprint scanner built into the device's screen.
Apple AAPL has been criticized in the last several months for not offering numerous innovations its competitors have.
Apple has used LCD technology for its phone screens for years now, but a number of rumours and reports have claimed the company is making the switch to OLED tech in 2018, bringing it in line with rival Samsung. However, Apple may still have to rely, to an extent, on the curved displays made by Samsung. And as Apple has done every year since Steve Jobs launched Apple into the smartphone industry in 2007, the company has added a few new bells and whistles with every new iPhone iteration. What's less clear is exactly what kind of display the iPhone 8 will feature. You can see OLED technology on display right now on all models of the Apple Watch.
Considering this trend, the new iPhone will most likely overcome $1000. The company expects higher iPhone sales this holiday season.
The OLED model would come with a higher price than the other options, as OLED screens are more expensive to produce, the Journal reported, citing "people familiar with the matter".
According to World Report, experts believe that the all glass body will help Apple iPhone 8 feature a faster-charging speed compared to its earlier predecessors and will also minimize disruption from frequency interference while wireless charging. Reportedly, Sharp will need more than $5 billion to supply enough OLED panels to Apple.
Perhaps that's why Apple may be hedging its bets on exactly what the next iPhone will look like. The curved screen echoes a Barclays Research note that reported the iPhone 8 would have a curved screen that extends to the edges.