Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 08:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor
The mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities released a new note to investors stating that Apple is likely to release a new iPhone with glass casing and an AMOLED display. This somewhat contradicts an earlier note from the analyst that said Apple was aiming for an AMOLED iPhone by 2018.
Kuo cited that he believes Apple will decide between a glass, plastic and ceramic casing for the 2017 model, but will ultimately settle on glass, as it did with the iPhone 4, given that “plastic doesn’t offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic.”
Kuo also stated that the 2017 iPhone will feature both a curved display alongside a curved glass body.
Additionally, Kuo reports that Apple’s 2017 iPhone will adopt a curved display with curved glass body. The device will feature a glass front and back with metal sides. Kuo also says the phone will feature a “completely new form factor design” with more narrow bezels and a “more comfortably grip.”
As rumored in the past, KGI also believes that Apple will introduce a new 5.8-inch iPhone in 2017 with an AMOLED display. Despite the larger display, however, the device will feature a form factor that is ultimately smaller than the current 5.5-inch iPhone. If Apple is able to produce enough of the 5.8-inch AMOLED displays, the larger device will entirely replace the 5.5-inch model, meaning that Apple will offer 4.7-inch and 5.8-inch iPhones in 2017.
The 2017 iPhone is expected to include wireless charging, albeit the specifics remain unclear. Additionally, the device will feature additional biometric recognitions, perhaps facial recognition or eye recognition.
Apple seems to be looking to make more substantial changes in its iPhone 2017 revamp, perhaps making the handsets thinner and removing the headphone port.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.