Apple is reportedly working on a top-end variant earmarked for 2017, along with the usual suspects like the flagship iPhone 8 and its bigger sibling iPhone 8 Plus. The source is calling the upcoming premium device as the ?iPhone Pro.?
Rumor has it that the Apple iPhone Pro will flaunt OLED display panel manufactured by none other than Samsung.
While the flagship iPhone 8 and the Plus variant are expected to sport a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch displays, respectively, the Pro model is believed to feature a 5.5-inch+ display with OLED panel in tow. To top it off, this premium model will flaunt curved-edge display on both sides, similar to the latest Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone, MacRumors noted.
It is worth noting that, past rumors suggested that Apple will be releasing three variants of the iPhone 7 this year. The third model, called the iPhone 7 Pro, was supposed to flaunt a dual-camera setup for the first time in Apple?s history.
However, soon after, another report pointed out that although Apple planned to launch three models, only two will materialize in 2016 i.e. the flagship iPhone 7 and the bigger version iPhone 7 Plus. When the news broke, we were wondering as to why Apple scrapped the iPhone 7 Pro. Now, it?s quite clear that all along we were hearing about the iPhone Pro variant earmarked for 2017.
Here are the exact words from the Asian portal?Nikkei: “There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides.?
Not to forget, even the credible KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted that the iPhone maker will launch a curved-display clad handset with a 5.8-inch AMOLED display in 2017. Kuo also confirmed that there will be three models of iPhone next year.
Apple Insider, meanwhile, says the iPhone Pro, along with the other two models earmarked for 2017, might feature edge-to-edge display with a major design overhaul in tow.
With Apple?s tenth anniversary around the corner, there is no harm in expecting Apple to opt for radical design changes in the alleged iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the powerful iPhone Pro.