Rumor: Apple to see its best iPhone sales in 2017, will include wireless charging, glass chassis across entire range of new models
Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 05:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor
A new report from analytical firm KGI has Apple as having its biggest iPhone sales ever come 2017. The new estimates, which cover three anticipated new models, will empower Apple growth with ‘unprecedented’ demand. KGI expects the new phones may sell between 120-150 million units in the second half of next year, eclipsing the previous sales record set by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The firm believes that the new form-factor premium OLED iPhone model will encourage high-end customers to upgrades their devices while the low-end 4.7-inch model will feature wireless charging, a glass chassis and attract the lower-end of the market.
KGI reiterates what the firm has said before, in that Apple will debut three new iPhones in 2017: one major redesign (colloquially dubbed ‘iPhone 8’) and two iterative updates to the existing 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
The ‘iPhone 8’ is expected to include radical new appearance with a large OLED display that curves around the sides of the phone; many sources are describing the phone as ‘bezel-less’ with the Home Button integrated into the screen.
The combination of updates at both the high-end and low-end will enable Apple to sell more iPhones than in any previous cycle, according to KGI. Suppliers are reportedly preparing to produce 120-150 million iPhone units in the second half of 2017. This compares to 110-120 million units in the same period in 2014 with the iPhone 6 series of phones; iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the first Apple smartphones to feature screens larger than inches.
Current rumors have the screen size for the OLED iPhone around 5.8 inches, complete with some of the screen’s surface area being used to wrap around the sides of the handset. Reports indicate that the touchscreen itself will have an active touchscreen area of around 5.2 inches.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.