It’s been more than two months since iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were officially launched to the public. This year’s iPhone models may serve as Apple’s first steps for a special iPhone 8 planned for 2017 when Apple celebrates 10 years of iPhone. There have been a lot of rumors hinting at the next iPhone 8 in 2017 ranging from a radical redesign with a glass body to long-range wireless charging.
According to sources from the Korean Herald, the iPhone 8 will come with a plastic curved display, which runs counter to the previous rumors claiming that Apple is going to remove the aluminum used in the current iPhone models, instead re-adopting a glass-body design found in the iPhone 4. The sources also say that Apple has ordered plastic OLED panels from Samsung Display. Samsung is currently using OLED plastic panels for its top-tier smartphone Galaxy S7 Edge.
Rumors have previously indicated that Apple will launch three iPhone models this year including an OLED premium model that will be sold along with two standard flat display 4.7 and 5.5 inch models. Besides, the premium iPhone 8 model will also include a curved screen, found in the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the discontinued Galaxy Note 7.
According to the latest report, Samsung is expected to provide around 70 million to 100 million curved OLED displays, way below Apple’s annual iPhone sales, which is estimated at around 200 million units. Besides, the new iPhone 8 has been long rumored to come with a 10-nanometer A11 chip, promising to be both faster and more power-efficient. Plus rumors also suggest that the next iPhone will feature wireless charging and iris or facial scanning. In terms of camera, the iPhone 8 will use a dual-lens camera with optical image stabilization. Noticeably, the Touch ID and camera will likely to be built into the display, meaning that there will be no home button.
We are now nearly a year away from the launch of the iPhone 8. Apple will have a special plan to celebrate iPhone’s 10th anniversary. All we have to do now is to wait for it.
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