As the predictions for a top-notch iPhone 8 for next year continue increase, Apple’s tenth iPhone anniversary is shifting to a more interesting direction. Respected iPhone analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has given us a different angle insight of the other Cupertino handsets that will be released in 2017.
Going by the presumption that the flagship device will be named iPhone 8, Tim Cook and his team will have gone against their naming pattern that began in 2007. Every software update for an iPhone has always been given an “S” designation. Kuo holds the opinion that we will have an iPhone 7S and iphone 7S Plus that will replace the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. They will also take a mid-and lower-tier price brackets.
Kuo further says that the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus will feature LCD display, have the 4.7 and 5.5 inch sizes and what would differentiate them from the iPhone 8 is an OLED display. In ensuring the upgrade is worthwhile. The handset would come with the A11 system on chip. There is a possibility that it will also utilize Apple’s new exploitation: wireless charging system.
Borrow a leaf from iPhone 5
When Apple launched iPhone 5 on 21st September 2012, it was received with a lot of enthusiasm. This led to its upgrade to iPhone 5S which was launched on 20th September 2013. Now instead of Apple reducing the iPhone 5 to be a cheaper model, it progressed to launch iPhone 5C. As much as its design and specification were same as that of the iPhone 5, it was marketed as a brand new machine – thanks to its funky colours.
And Apple may just use the same trick in 2017. It will launch the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S simultaneously. The former will not be a bigger upgrade of the iPhone 7 but will most likely be marketed as a brand new release. Whichever additional features they will use to convince us is yet to be known.
Can iPhone 7 come with OLED screens? The answer is a simple No. Yes the demand for the OLED screens is on the rise but chances of the supply being enough to satisfy both iPhones is not possible.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be a pricey handset, pushing the $800 mark to buy SIM-free. Apple needs to maintain some presence in the lower priced markets. An updated LCD version of the iPhone 7 could be just what the portfolio requires.