According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst who always seem to get his Apple related predictions on the money most of the time, the iPhone device that Apple will be releasing in 2017 will feature a new, possibly curved display screen, a fresh new casing, and even support for wireless charging.
As reported by 9to5mac, the analyst believes that next year, Apple will debut for the first time a smartphone that boasts a glass casing, plus a curved active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) display screen. Interestingly, an earlier forecast by the same analyst predicts that an iPhone that is fitted with a new display screen will not be released until 2018 at the earliest. But it appears that he has new updates from his crystal ball.
If this turns out to be true, the new display screen on next year’s device would mark the first time that Apple is making a departure from the usual liquid crystal display screens it favors for its existing iPhone handsets. AMOLED display screens are generally considered slimmer, lighter, and more flexible compared to LCDs, while also offering better power efficiency.
Offering an iPhone that has an AMOLED display screen would put Apple in a good position to compete directly with the screen technology currently used by rival Samsung in most of its Galaxy series of smartphones, including its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S7. Also, a smartphone that brings something fresh might just help in rejuvenating Apple’s slumping sales for its iPhone devices.
Kuo also notes that the new iPhone will feature a glass body that curves on the front and rear sides, while sporting metallic sides. The updated design will also come with narrow bezels to allow for better handling. As for support for wireless charging, it should generate excitement especially for mobile users who have clamoring for better charging capabilities for one of the world’s most popular smartphone device. For all the leaps in technology in mobile devices in the last half decade or so, progress regarding wireless charging technology has been pretty slow. But if a device as popular as the iPhone starts to feature this technology, improvement on this front might just pick up speed.
Apple has grabbed some headlines lately, especially with the unveiling of its newest smartphone offering, the iPhone SE, a smaller iPhone (at 4 inches) that boasts the processing prowess of the company’s current flagship device, the iPhone 6s. The tech giant also took the opportunity to introduce a new tablet, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, a sort of mini version of last year’s 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
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