The upcoming Apple iPhone 2017 is still a mystery to many, including renowned KGI Securities analysts Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a marvelous track record when it comes to talking up what Apple has in plans for its upcoming devices and technologies.
According to Kuo, the 2017 iPhone 8 will come with a larger display screen of 5.8 inches, 0.3 inches larger than the current 5.5-inch Plus variant. In addition, this screen will be an OLED and not an LCD panel, all but adding more weight to recent rumors and speculations. Interestingly, the monstrous 5.8-inch screen that matches what is also being rumored for Samsung Galaxy S8 will not be fully available for use, instead, the Apple analyst says that only 5.15 inches will be usable.
This is a weird move by Apple, especially in a world where smartphones need to have huge display screens in order to impress. However, there is a catch. Apparently, Apple is up with its usual tricks and this time, the report says that Cupertino is going for virtual buttons just below the main display screen.
Rumors are rife that the iPhone 8 will come with a bezel-less front panel, which means there will be no room for the physical Home button and Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is usually housed by the bottom bezel. But according to the latest report, these features should be available via this “function area” as virtual buttons. Furthermore, Apple could also adopt other biometric technologies like iris scanning or facial recognition.
Despite the increase in screen size from 4.7 inches to 5.8 inches, Kuo believes that the iPhone 8 will still manage to keep the same form factor as the base model iPhone 7. Since there won’t be bezels on the phone, it is possible to achieve this size on a 4.7-inch iPhone form factor, which makes the device’s operation with one hand a joy.
In terms of battery, there is talk of Apple working with a stacked motherboard design that is much smaller in size, thus creating more room for a larger battery capacity. Apparently, there could be a battery capacity close to the current 2900mAh used in the iPhone 7 Plus with no compromise on the phone’s form factor, however, be ready to part with more than $1000 to get your hands on the 2017 iPhone 8, Kuo notes.
Apple is also rumored to be working on two other iPhones dubbed 7S and 7S Plus. These two will reportedly keep the same screen sizes as iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but Kuo says that these two might not support the same features as the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 and thus will be priced cheaper. Even with the new price hike, Apple is still expected to ship up to 60 million iPhone 8 models by the end of 2017, with the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus accounting for about 40 million units.
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