Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones might not have seen a big change in design, but rumours insist the iPhone 8 in 2017 will be a special one. However, a new report from Japan says Apple is working on nothing more than the ‘S’ version of the phones for 2017. iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are expected to be slight upgrades to Apple’s 2016 flagships, says Japanese blog MacOtakara.
Taiwanese supply chain sources have allegedly told MacOtakara that 2017 will only bring the “s cycle” upgrade to the iPhone family. The report suggests the 2017 iPhone will feature minimum design changes and will be coming with a new A11 chip from Apple. In addition, a new red colour variant can be expected, which doesn’t sound remotely exciting.
This report goes against all rumours that have been doing rounds, which claim Apple plans to do something big for the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Considering Apple has not changed the design of the iPhone significantly in the past three years, it is unlikely the company will stick with the same in 2017.
Earlier rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will have a new design. Instead of the aluminium casing, the new phones will sport an all glass-body, according to reports. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has said, Apple plans to launch an additional bezel-less OLED iPhone 8. All three designs will be supporting wireless charging, according to Kuo and this is a feature long awaited on the iPhone.
Kuo said the bezel-less iPhone 8 will have technical superiority over the other two iPhones, and optical image stabilisation (OIS) will be featured in both the telephoto and wide-angle lens.
Another radical change that can be expected from the next iPhone is the addition of a new 3D camera. A report from Korea Economic Daily has said Apple is working with LG Innotek in developing a smartphone camera module capable of 3D photography.
Kuo has also said previously iPhone sales are expected to see a decline for the second consecutive year for Apple. The primary reason for this is a weaker demand for the phones in China. He also suggested that 2017 will not see a new iPhone SE smartphone as Apple wants to drive up the sales of its flagship phones, where it has a higher profit margin.