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 iPhone SE, which was released in March, is a complete copy of the iPhone 5s because it was a “beloved design.” Apple is apparently working on a new iPhone that will copy another previous generation’s design, but be more of an update than an identical copy. According to KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple is considering an all-glass design for next year’s iPhone.
The iPhone 4, photo: Macworld
The report says that aluminum is no longer viewed as fresh or modern since nearly every smartphone manufacturer is using it in their designs. Comparing the iPhone 6 to the Samsung Galaxy S6, we see that phones look very similar. Apple is working on a new design that will allow their phone to standout from the rest by introducing an updated design similar to the iPhone 4/4S. Next year’s iPhone, according to Kuo, will be switching from an all-aluminum enclosure to one primarily made of glass. The report does not mention how Apple plans to do this, but I foresee a hybrid design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 4. Perhaps a curved glass display and rear shell that seamlessly transitions to an aluminum band along the outside.
To counteract the heavier weight of the glass, as compared to aluminum, Apple plans to use an AMOLED display. This is thinner, lighter, and allows for better colors as compared to the LCD’s currently used in the iPhone lineup. The Apple Watch uses an AMOLED display which has deeper blacks and richer colors.
The Apple Watch’s AMOLED display, photo: unwire
It is uncharacteristic for Apple to redesign their iPhone on a typical S-series year. Based on their history, we should see a redesigned iPhone 7 this year and an updated iPhone 7s next year with a few flagship features. Apparently this is being switched since the iPhone 7 will look nearly identical to the iPhone 6s with the exception of less antenna bands and a dual-camera design on the iPhone 7 Plus. The ‘iPhone 7s’, which may or may not be the name, will have a completely overhauled design.
While we are still waiting for the iPhone 7 to be announced in a few months, next-year’s iPhone is already being anticipated. The reliable KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi-Kuo, released a new report recently suggesting that Apple will revamp its iPhone lineup in 2017.
Steel Drake designed this iPhone 8 concept in 2014, but it’s starting to match the rumors for the 2017 iPhone, Photo: Steel Drake/Behance
Next year’s iPhone will have a completely different design, a higher-quality display and wireless charging. Unlike the rumors for the iPhone 7, which suggests a similar design to the iPhone 6s, the 2017 iPhone will have a rear shell made of either ceramic, plastic, or glass. Kuo believes they will select glass for a style that is an updated version of the iPhone 4. The front and the back will be curved glass with metal on the sides, more narrow bezels, a more comfortable grip, and an AMOLED display. Currently Apple uses an LCD display in their iPhones, but they will transition to the AMOLED display that is used on the Apple Watch.
In addition, the 2017 iPhone will be offered in two display sizes, but in not the sizes we are used to. Apple is designing an iPhone with a 5.8-inch screen, up from the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus we have now. The form factor of this larger phone will be smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus. Kuo believes this may be to the new design and narrower bezels. Apple will also temporarily retain their 4.7-inch screen size, 5.5-inch screen size, and add the 5.8-inch size to the lineup. If they are able to produce enough of the larger displays, they will replace the 5.5-inch screen size with the 5.8-inch one. Finally, the 2017 iPhone will have wireless charging like the iPhone 7 is rumored to have.
A revamp during a normal S-series year is uncharacteristic for Apple, but at the same time, next year will be the tenth anniversary of iPhone. Perhaps Tim Cook is switching it up with a familiar design on the iPhone 7 and a complete redesign on the iPhone 7s.