While many people who pre-ordered the iPhone 7 are still waiting for their phone to be shipped, the focus turns to next year’s iPhone. 2017 will be the tenth anniversary of iPhone and Apple is expected to do something big. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the new Phone will have a complete redesign and new name.
Citing supply chain sources, Kuo wrote a new note to investors about the 2017 iPhone and its redesign. The phone is likely to be called the ‘iPhone 8’ due to its new design that is unlike the previous iPhone 6 series. It will have an all-glass casing that is more durable and scratch resistant with high gloss. It will be similar to the jet black iPhone 7 except it will not be vulnerable to micro-scratches.
The phone is expected to retain the same display sizes as the iPhone 7 series with 4.7″ for the regular model and 5.5″ for the Plus model. The curvature of the glass will also remain the same with ‘2.5D glass’. This is much stronger and more durable than glass with a greater curve. For example, the Galaxy Note 7 was drop tested alongside the iPhone 7. Due to curved display on the front and back of the Android phone, it cracked easily when dropped. The iPhone, however, took longer for it to start cracking.
The frame of the new iPhone will likely be stainless steel, but Kuo reports this may be limited to the higher end models. The iPhone may resemble the Apple Watch lineup. The less expensive models have an aluminum frame and more expensive models have a stainless steel frame. The iPhone 8 is also rumored to have an OLED display and embedded Touch ID Home sensor.
If Apple continues their pattern, the iPhone 8 will likely be announced in September 2017. It may launch two and a half weeks after announcement.