Apple’s New iPhone With Glass Casing And AMOLED Screen In 2017 Release [Details]

New report once again predicts Apple will switch to non-aluminum casing for the new iPhone models releasing in 2017. If accurate, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chio Kuo has issued a report that, the design change would not apply to the Septrember-bound iPhone 7 release. But there are facts to consider that Apple would also look forward to make a move to OLED iPhone display, which is under development and rumored to be coming out starting next year.

Specifically, the analyst does belive that in order to differentiate iPhone ftom an increasing number of competing aluminumn smartphones, Apple will definitely return back to iPhone 4s-like glass casing in 2017, to allow for an all-new form-factor iPhone design. This switch would apparently allow Apple to gain “enhance the competitiveness” and innovation of iPhone.



If iPhone 7 still uses an aluminum casing in 2016, it will be the fifth year in a row that iPhone has done so, which means there is no longer a feeling of freshness to appeal to consumers. Also, a lot of Appleā€™s (US) competitors are also adopting aluminum casings, which means iPhone no longer has a clear edge due to a lack of differentiation. On expectations that iPhone shipments will decline in 2016, we believe Apple will be more strongly motivated to use non-aluminum casings in 2017 in a bid to enhance the competitiveness of iPhone by offering an all-new form-factor design. ”

The oft-relaiable source also adds that the ratio of new iPhone models using aluminum casing will likely drop from 100% to 40-percent or less, indicating that some aluminum-based iPhones will likely remain available for at least the short term. This could lead to, be older models like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 series. Another best one from Apple recently made was the unveil of iPhone SE, which made switchers make their way from iPhone 6s to. Because of its smaller design and uses the same A9 of iPhone 6s and is increasingly holding a faster performance. Whatever it is, for now, this is the fact to decide.

Continuing the Kuo notes, some investors are concerned that glass casing would be too hefty or fail a drop test. The analyst already said that, a return to glass casing will not be problemetic for Apple, since the added weight in particular could be offset by the switch to lighter AMOLED screens in 2017. Where the Samsung Display Co. will begin supplying Apple with OLED panels starting in that year. According to the terms of the deal, which worth a $2.59 billion, Samsung will provide Apple with 100 million units of 5.5-inch OLED panels on an annual basis. Potentially allowing Apple to cut down on the thickness and bezels of its iOS devices.


Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/ 4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We therefore think a drop test will not be problematic for glass casing. A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.

OLED displays can also provide sharper images and brighter colors than LCD displays, and at the same time, higher manufacturing costs and shorter lifespans are obstacles that Apple will need to overcome. Early rumors said Apple would adopt OLED displays in 2018, but more recent info suggests that the timeframe has been pushed up. So, Apple is now rumored to be aiming to introduce its firts iPhones with OLED display, very soon.

If the aforementioned is to be believed, then, Apple introducing a glass-backed device that includes wireless charging and biometric recognitions along with the aforementioned curved glass display and curved casing.

Multiple sources have suggested that Apple will release an OLED-based iPhone as early as 2017, which could be sullied by Samsung, LG Display, AU Optronics, Japan Display, Foxconn-owned Sharp, or others. At least one model could have a 5.8-inch OLED screen with curved glass casing.

What do you think?

(Source: KGI Securities / The Korea Herald)

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