Apple might just bring out a dramatically redesigned iPhone next year. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is well known for revealing Apple’s future plans. Kuo now has revealed the next iPhone which might mark the company’s biggest change in years. Kuo told MacRumours, “We look for new 2017 iPhones to come in three models: one OLED model, and two TFT-LCD models with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display. We believe the OLED and 5.5-inch TFT-LCD iPhones will feature [a] dual-camera. Based on this prediction, our forecast of dual camera adoption rate in new 2017F iPhone models is revised up from 30-40% to 65-75%. We view this increase as favouring Largan’s sales and profit momentum as it is the exclusive supplier of a wide-angle and telephoto lens. It also bodes well for Apple’s dual camera software ecosystem.” The most notable feature is that Apple is finally incorporating the OLED display. Apple devices as of now use IPS LCD display panels. OLED is a very next-gen technology as it works without a backlight which saves battery as well as makes the device lighter and thinner, apart from getting larger contrast ratio. However, other major smartphone manufacturers have been using the OLED for many years now.
So, as of now three variants of the ‘iPhone 8’ are expected to come out next year: 4.7-inch iPhone with LCD display and the single camera, 5.5-inch iPhone model with LCD display and dual camera and 5.5-inch iPhone model with OLED display and dual camera. While this time the report does not talk much except the display panels and camera, KGI had earlier made predictions that there is a high chance that iPhone 8 will have a glass front and back, stainless steel metal for premium models. Meanwhile, LG and Samsung have reportedly been fighting it out on who will get Apple’s business for OLED displays.
Meanwhile, Barclays supply chain analysts believe the next iPhone will have a bezel-less design with two variants of 5-inch and 5.8-inch screens. As it is, it is quite clear that the smaller smartphones will not the dual-camera even in 2018, and the better display panel will still be reserved for the premium variants of the iPhone.