Could be launched as iPhone 8? Unfortunately, we aren’t even truly into the rumor season for the iPhone 7, but today what Apple has up its sleeves for the next iPhone after that, all but the chatter right now is already pointing at the 2017 iPhone hardware.
Rumors already suggest Apple’s 2016 iPhone 7 flagship will look very similar to the iPhone 6s, with major changes to the iPhone’s form factor actually coming in 2017, however the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the device’s initial launch. About the 2017 iPhone, Apple blogger John Gruber recently shared some tantalizing details, which may not directly see some radical design tweaks.
Could be iPhone 8? Whatever it is called, whichever iPhone Apple announces and releases in 2017 has all the makings of a game-changing device, if these rumors turn out to be true. In the latest episode of the John Gruber’s The Talk Show podcast, suggested that the 2017 iPhone sto sport an all-new design that could certainly catch the eye. That could include an edge-to-edge display eliminating the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the screen.
According to the podcaster, this particular iPhone will pack the display that would allow Apple to remove the unwanted porstions of the device’s fascia, doing away with the Home button and camera areas either side of the display. The device, again predicted, will somewho have all the required bits and pieces hidden behind its screen – including the fingerprint support.
I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard – now this is not really from the rumor mill but just scuttlebutt that I’ve heard – is that it will be an all-new form factor.
And there have been some rumors, I guess, but what I’m saying is that I’ve heard this independently and it is completely getting rid of the chin and forehead of the phone. The entire face will be the display. And the Touch ID sensor will be somehow embedded in the display. The front-facing camera will somehow be embedded in the display. The speaker, everything. All the sensors will somehow be behind the display.
Previous speculations have indicated Apple is planning to introduce a flexible OLED display in the 2017 iPhone. Rumored that it has signed a deal with Samsung for OLED screens for the new iPhone, for example, would allow Apple to make an iPhone with curved edges, that would potentially be something that would make a truly button-free device look even more impressive.
Multiple rumors have suggested one 2017 iPhone could include a 5.8-inch OLED display, which would mean Apple plans to have the edge-to-edge display wrap around the edges of a 5.5-inch device, but it’s not clear how such a screen size would work without top and bottom bezels as suggested by Gruber.
Right now, it’s clear that we are long away from Apple even getting close to either confirming or denying what it has in the development for next year unveil. Currently, we can only think about getting the iPhone 7 out of the door and considering we still don’t know whether it will have a headphone jack or not, we still have a lot to learn before September or October!
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