Die-hard iPhone fans admits 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 make that admission, 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 –
There WILL be an S model of the iPhone 7.
A Barclay’s 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 — possibly called the iPhone 10 — in 2017.
Now, however, it appears we could expect S models of the iPhone 7 next 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.
The iPhone 7 “S” models could have bigger screens.
Another Barclays report from November claimed that Apple is cooking up two iPhones with bigger screens than the usual 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens on the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Specifically, the analysts say the new screens will measure 5 inches and 5.8 inches.
That said, the report doesn’t specify that the new screen sizes are for S models of the iPhone 7 line. However, considering the rumor contains details on two new screen sizes, and the premium iPhone 8 is rumored to only be sold in one size, we could deduce that the Barclays report is referring to two S models.
In addition to the new S models, Apple will sell a third “high-end” iPhone with a medium-sized screen and a wraparound design.
A report from 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.
Yet more recent reports and rumors claim the premium iPhone 8 will have a smaller 5.1- or 5.2-inch screen that will wrap around the edges of the device. It sounds like a similar design concept as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
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 iPhone 8 will mostly be made of glass, with an aluminum frame.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo 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.
The iPhone 8 will have an incredible screen.
This could be one of the most popular rumors about the “special 10th anniversary edition” of the 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 are expected to have LCD displays, like past iPhone models.
OLED displays are superior to LCD displays, which are currently used on the iPhone 7, in almost every way. They’re more power efficient, produce better colors, better contrast, and better brightness.
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 very interested in expanding its wireless power technology beyond the Apple Watch.
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.
The smaller iPhone models will not get the dual-lens camera from the iPhone 7 Plus.
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 to the smaller iPhone model, as the optical image stabilization 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. So, don’t expect a dual-lens camera in the smaller iPhone 7S; expect it in the larger iPhone 7S Plus, and in the iPhone 8.
The iPhone 8 could have facial recognition powered by “new laser sensors.”
Apple’s next iPhone could include “some form of facial/gesture recognition” powered a “new laser sensor” and infrared sensor on the front surface of the phone, according to a research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company. We’re not sure about the validity of this rumor, but it would make sense to see some new technologies if the iPhone 8 really does cost over $1,000. ( more than half a million in Naira )