Even though the new iPhone 7 is yet to be released, rumors of next year?s phone line up from the tech giant are already starting to circulate. This time around reports from Nikkei confirms Apple?s iPhone 2017 will come in three different variants.
According to Nikkei, Apple will be releasing three different iPhone versions next year. A smaller 4.7-inch model and its bigger brother, a 5.5-inch iPhone. These two models will retain their low-temperature poly-silicon display panel. Meanwhile, the higher-end model, which is rumored to be 5.5 inches or bigger, will sport a curved advanced organic light-emitting diode display.
According to market specialist IHS DisplaySearch, Samsung Electronics will be the one to provide the curved OLED displays for Apple?s iPhone for next year. However, concerns were raised about the deliverables. IHS DisplaySearch also mentioned that at the current state, Samsung Electronics is not capable of supplying the curved OLED panels to both Apple and itself.
Currently, Samsung is the only phone manufacturer that offers phones with curved displays. They started selling curved-display phones last year with their Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy Note Edge. This year, both of their new phones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 7, offer screens similar to the previous versions.
Aside from curved display, the rumored iPhone 2017 will also feature a new processor from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. This new processor, the A11, is said to be made with the company?s 10-nanometer manufacturing process. TSMC will also use their integrated fan-out and wafer-level packaging technologies for the chip. The new processor will be able to provide more processing power while using up less energy.
Another rumored feature of next year?s iPhone is Apple?s departure from all-metal cases. Next year, experts say that Apple will use the dual-glass technology for their iPhone cases.
Like in every leaks and rumors released with regards to any commercial product, this too should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it is hard to deny that these reports further strengthens earlier reports of the great re-design that Apple has promised its fans.
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