Apple is set to dramatically shake up its iPhone formula next year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new report, Kuo has said that the company will use the design of the iPhone 4 and 4S as inspiration for 2017’s batch of new handsets, though there’ll be the new twist of curved glass panels.
Here’s Kuo’s description of next year’s wares:
We expect the 2017 new iPhone model to adopt a structural design similar to that of iPhone 4/ 4s, meaning it will be equipped with glass on both the front and back sides, and a metal frame surrounded the edges. The difference is that the new model will likely come with a curved screen and curved glass casing, with other important features including a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, wireless charging, and more biometric recognitions (facial or iris). Given the curved design, the new model may look smaller than an existing 5.5-inch iPhone.
Apple went back in time with the recent launch of the iPhone SE, which is identical in looks to the 2013 iPhone 5S, and naysayers will argue that the company has officially run out of ideas. With the iPhone 7, which is set to land in September, believed to be extremely similar to the iPhone 6S, it’s becoming increasingly-difficult to claim otherwise.
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Kuo also reckons there’s a chance that Apple could launch as many as three new iPhone models next year, depending on the availability of AMOLED panels. He says that Apple’s Plan A would be to bring out two: a 4.7-inch, LCD-based iPhone and a 5.8-inch, AMOLED iPhone. However, the company’s Plan B -- if AMOLED panels are in short supply -- involves the launch of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones, alongside a high-end, 5.8-inch AMOLED model. [MacRumors]