Even die-hard iPhone fans have to admit that the AMOLED displays on other phones, particularly those from Samsung, look better than the LCD screens on iPhones.
But if the rumours are true, iPhone fans may no longer need to make that admission, as Apple is reportedly looking to use a form of OLED display on the next iPhone. Just prepare your wallet, because OLED isn’t cheap.
But that’s just one of the rumours we’re hearing. Check out all the latest scuttlebutt surrounding Apple’s next iPhone.
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A Barclay's report obtained by MacRumors said Apple would skip the S model this year, which has historically followed each new phone version. The report claimed Apple would instead jump directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8 -- possibly called the iPhone 10 -- in 2017.
Now, however, it appears we could expect S models of the iPhone 7 next year with updates to the processor and a new red colour option, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and the Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara, which are both highly reliable sources.
Another Barclays report from November claimed that Apple is cooking up two iPhones with bigger screens than the usual 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens on the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Specifically, the analysts say the new screens will measure 5 inches and 5.8 inches.
That said, the report doesn't specify that the new screen sizes are for S models of the iPhone 7 line. However, considering the rumour contains details on two new screen sizes, and the premium iPhone 8 is rumoured to only be sold in one size, we could deduce that the Barclays report is referring to two S models.
In addition to the new S models, Apple will sell a third 'high-end' iPhone with a medium-sized screen and a wraparound design.
A report from Kuo predicted that Apple would release a 'high-end' iPhone with a larger 5.8-inch screen compared with the iPhone 7 Plus's 5.5-inch screen.
Yet more recent reports and rumours claim the premium iPhone 8 will have a smaller 5.1- or 5.2-inch screen that will wrap around the edges of the device. It sounds like a similar design concept as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Since 2017 marks the iPhone's 10th anniversary, it wouldn't be surprising if Apple does something special to mark the anniversary of its most important product.
Rumours that the iPhone 8 would have an all-display front surface emerged from John Gruber, the plugged-in Apple blogger and podcaster from Daring Fireball.
Gruber says he has heard insider scuttlebutt that the iPhone 8's front won't have any bezels or borders, and that it will be one large display.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the iPhone 8's body will be made of glass. If so, it could have a similar aesthetic as the iPhone 4 and 4S, both of which had a glass back.
A report from the Japanese news site Nikkei says Apple is indeed ditching the metal back design for an all-glass back and metal frame.
In January 2017, the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple would use optical sensors for the Touch ID home button. According to Kuo, optical sensors will allow the Touch ID button to be hidden, as they can read fingerprints through thicker OLED panels than the current iPhone's capacitive Touch ID sensor, which needs to be exposed.
Previous rumours that support Kuo's prediction include John Gruber's claims. He says the home button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor, will be embedded into the front glass panel, making it invisible.
Gruber's claims line up nicely with rumours posted by the tech site I4U that a future iPhone will have an embedded home button.
Recently, the Chinese tech giant Xiaomi released new phones with the same technology that Apple described in a patent for alternative home buttons, which could give us an idea of how a future home button on the iPhone 8 could work.
This could be one of the most popular rumours about the 'special 10th anniversary edition' of the iPhone.
In February, GSMArena reported that Apple struck a huge deal to buy 60 million OLED displays from Samsung. One month prior, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple would reportedly use a different technology for its Touch ID fingerprint reader, which is linked to the rumours that Apple's next iPhone will have an OLED display.
Previously, rumours from The Korea Herald suggested the high-end iPhone would have an AMOLED display, even though the other iPhones released in 2017 are expected to have LCD displays, like past iPhone models.
OLED displays are superior to LCD displays, which are currently used on the iPhone 7, in almost every way. They're more power efficient, produce better colours, better contrast, and better brightness.
In addition, Sharp president Tai Jeng-Wu apparently mentioned to university students that the next iPhone will include wireless charging.
In February 2017, an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that the company recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry group that develops a widely-used wireless charging standard. It's not a direct admission that that Apple will add wireless charging to its upcoming iPhones, but it's a pretty good hint that Apple is very interested in expanding its wireless power technology beyond the Apple Watch.
This one is easy. Since the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack, we can expect future iPhones won't feature a headphone jack either.
Kuo believes the dual-lens camera will remain an exclusive feature for the larger iPhone models from 2017 onward.
There might have been a glimmer of hope that the dual-lens camera would make its way to the smaller iPhone model, as the optical image stabilisation that was exclusive to the iPhone 6S Plus trickled its way down to the regular iPhone 7. But if Kuo's predictions are true, this will not be the case. So, don't expect a dual-lens camera in the smaller iPhone 7S; expect it in the larger iPhone 7S Plus, and in the iPhone 8.
Apple's next iPhone could include 'some form of facial/gesture recognition' powered a 'new laser sensor' and infrared sensor on the front surface of the phone, according to a research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company. We're not sure about the validity of this rumour, but it would make sense to see some new technologies if the iPhone 8 really does cost over $US1,000.
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