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There's still much deliberation, and back-and-forth over precisely how many iPhone 8 models there will be, which ones will have OLED displays, and whether it will be called the iPhone 8, the iPhone 7s, the iPhone X, or something else entirely, but regardless, the rumours and leaks are still corroborating very consistently and firmly that 2017 is the year for a MAJOR design overhaul.
Reports have surfaced about Apple making the iPhone EVEN larger in 2017. According to reports Apple will bump the display size to 5.8in but this could all be included inside a similarly sized chassis to this year’s Plus model on account of the iPhone 8 not having any bezels – it’s thought it will be an all-display front just like the Xiaomi Mi Mix.
“The current rumor is that Apple could be looking at a larger 5.8-inch OLED panel for the iPhone 8 (presumably a Plus model),” notes Geek. “The current iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD. As far as LCDs go, Apple has always chosen very nice ones. However, OLED technology has come a long way in recent years and is really undeniably better. The colors, black levels, and response time are noticeably better than LCD.”
Allegedly, this will be the iPhone Jony Ive has always dreamt of making.
This year’s iPhone will be a big deal. Apple’s most profitable product is turning 10 years old, so it stands to reason the company will definitely be doing something special.
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This is one thing you can almost set your watch by: Apple ALWAYS launches its iPhones inside the last quarter of the year – either very late Q3 or early Q4.
This means the handsets are available in store for the busiest shopping period of the year in the run up to Christmas.
Apple does a keynote, usually a big affair with celebrities and plenty of back-slapping, and then launches the new iPhones a week or so later.
This year should be no different.
There will also be no update to the iPhone SE, either. So do not expect to see any iPhones released before the very end of 2017.
As for price? There’ll be three handsets, apparently – standard, Plus and Pro.
Expect to pay well over a $1000 for the full-spec Pro model.
What’s clear from the state of play at the close of 2016 is that Apple is now in the process of building next year’s iPhones. The company is sourcing OLED panels from a variety of sources and word on the street suggests the company will include said OLED panel inside only one of the new iPhones – most likely the Pro model, which also happens to be the most expensive.
The rumours are all pretty solid at present, but they can be broken down into a series of simple points. Below are all the major changes expected to feature inside Apple’s 2017 iPhone 8 series of handsets:
We've heard a lot of talk in the last six months or so about Apple's iPhone 8 being an "all glass" or clear ceramic handset, fashioned from curved, transparent bodywork, possibly in a similar shape to the iPhone 4S; reports have differed, however, on whether or not it will feature a metal supportive frame.