If you are eagerly awaiting the next model of iPhone to hit the stores, gear yourself for the next version, iPhone 7S, that is due to come to markets in the fall of 2017. With iPhone celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017, it will be interesting to see what Apple comes up with in terms of new features and hardware design with the next release of its smartphone.
A pair of manufacturing documents rumoured to be from Apple that was leaked to the web last week appeared to confirm rumours that three models of the iPhone will be launched in 2017, including a completely re-designed and a high-end variant that has been codenamed internally as the “Ferrari.”
Based on the prototypes currently under works, iPhone 7S could feature OLED screens. OLED screens are brighter and consume less energy as compared to LED ones. OLED displays are costly to produce though which means that if iPhone 7S does feature them, the price of the phone itself will be higher.
Apple is believed to be currently in talks with suppliers of display such as LG. Another unlikely partner could be Samsung, according to an article published by Fortune . The article states that “Apple has inked a deal with Samsung Display to get organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays for its iPhone 7S line of smartphones, Korea-based news outlets the Korea Herald and Hankyung are reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the deal. The contract is valued at 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) and will supply to Apple 100 million panels for the company’s 2017 iPhone version, according to the Hankyung report.”
If Apple does move to the OLED technology, Samsung Display will be in a position to supply Apple with the required volume of screens to meet its production needs.
According to another report published on Digital Trends ”A document surfaced by a Chinese social media user known for leaking information from Apple’s East Asia supply chain appears to corroborate those details. The leaked sketches show two iPhone models scheduled to launch in 2017, and one, code-named “Ferrari,” that stands above the rest. It’s expected to boast a “glass sandwich” design, an edge-to-edge OLED display, wireless charging, and a touch-sensitive home button. And it will reportedly feature a redesigned motherboard broken into two parts, one containing the iPhone’s processor and internal storage and the other containing wireless chips.”
The last iPhone to feature a glass design was iPhone 4s and was launched in 2011.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst working with KGI Securities, who has in the past successfully anticipated significant iPhone upgrades and changes, stated that the iPhone 7S would come with an AMOLED screen. That screen might also be curved, according to Kuo.
John Gruber, from Apple Insider, has also said that the iPhone 7S and the subsequent next release of iPhone8, may not have a single bezel — which means that the display could be made of one single sheet of glass, turning it into one giant screen.
These rumours have been further corroborated by Ming-Chi Kuo who also suggested that the next version of the iPhone would feature a glass front and back design. Kuo believes that Apple might make this decision to make the next generation of iPhones stand out from the metal-finish of Android phones.
Kuo reveals that he thinks the glass back on the 2017 iPhone will also be curved to add greater comfort. Adding a glass front and back will open up the possibility of wireless charging, which is almost impossible to do with a phone that is made up entirely of metal, like the current iPhone 7 version. Such wireless charging technology will allow the phone to be charged from a distance of up to 15 feet. Kuo also said that iPhone 7s could account for between 30 and 35 percent of new iPhone shipments in 2017.
Another feature that iPhone 7S may have is an invisible home button, to give the phone an edge-to-edge experience, mimicking other phone models such as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5s.
Bigger in Size
iPhones have traditionally stayed small in size, growing only in the more recent versions. According to a report from the Motley Fool, iPhone 7S could feature the standard 4.7-inch display with iPhone 7S Plus having a display of 5.5 inches. Another version, the iPhone 7S Pro could feature a 5.8-inch display. The latter may only hit the markets in 2018, close to the release of iPhone 8.
Redesigned Internal Components
As published on BGR , “According to a report on Apple Insider, the special-edition ‘Ferrari’ iPhone is also expected to come with redesigned internals that split the logic board into two discrete units connected by a flex cable. One unit will carry iPhone’s core like the expected A11 SoC and NAND flash storage, while the other unit will house the Wi-Fi and cellular components. One of the biggest design change, based on the latest leaks, is that Apple will relocate the SIM tray from the side of the iPhone to the bottom of the handset to make more room for internal components.”
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